Beware of these energy hungry appliances that may be lurking in your home

17 November, 2016

One of the main benefits of having a smart meter in your home is being able to see what you’re spending in real time.

However, when it comes to tracking down the most energy hungry appliances, it can be a bit of a guessing game.

Here, we reveal the biggest energy guzzlers, and a few tips on how to tackle them!

Plasma TVs

The most power-hungry of them all is the Plasma TV which guzzles 658 kWh per year, compared to LED TVs, which are more energy efficient.  These cost the average household £98 per year in energy costs.

If you have a plasma TV, follow these helpful tips to keep the running costs down:

  • Turn it off by the wall rather than leaving it on stand-by, it’ll save you £35 per year
  • Make sure the brightness of the screen isn’t set too high, they are typically set brighter than necessary as standard
  • Try to avoid listening to the radio through your TV – it uses far more energy than a radio.
  • If your TV offers an energy saving mode, be sure to take advantage

Electric Kettles

Most of us love a nice cuppa, but electric kettles are one of the biggest energy suckers, especially as they get used so often. The average UK household flips the switch on their kettle 1,500 times a year!

Boiling an average 3kWh kettle for 10 minutes per day will cost around £27 per year. If you only boil as much water as you need, you will significantly reduce these costs. Which? Offer great advice on what energy-efficient kettles will save you the £££’s.

Tumble Dryers

Needless to say tumble dryers need a lot of energy to run and can cost between £70 - £100 a year depending on the size of your household. However, they are easy to avoid in the summer.

To avoid using it in the winter, simply hang your washing on a clothes horse and pop it near a radiator to make the most of your central heating.

An extra tip is to ensure you clean the lint filter regularly. A blocked filter will prevent the hot air from circulating freely, so your clothes will take longer to dry.

Washing Machines

Doing two loads of washing per week costs an average of £40 a year. Did you know that 90% of a washing machines power is used to heat the water? By reducing your wash from 40oC to 30oC can cut the energy used by 40%.

If you can, dry your clothes on a rack instead of using a tumble dryer, you’ll save £70 on energy costs a year!


A fridge freezer is one of the few items in your home that uses electricity 24 hours a day costing around £62 a year to run. You can make yours more efficient by defrosting it regularly and keeping it well stocked. Don’t panic, you don’t need to buy extra food to do this, ice trays are great for filling up gaps.

Here are a few extra tips to save on the running costs:

  • Set your fridge to 3oC and your freezer to -16oC – for every degree lower, will use 5% more energy.
  • Keep your fridge/freezer out of direct sunlight (as it will work harder to keep cool)
  • If you’re considering replacing yours, be sure to get an energy efficient model

Rebecca looks after our social media channels, including Customer Care enquires, content and blogs. She’s a bit of a social media guru, and has been with the business since November 2014.

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