How much do household appliances cost to use?

2nd October 2013
Household Appliances

With household energy bills set to continue to rise in the coming years, it is sensible for Brits to get their heads around how much the appliances in their homes cost to use so they can better manage their expenditure.

The six big suppliers have consistently increased their prices over the last few years, and this is set to continue again this year as the Daily Telegraph reveals British Gas is to announce hikes in November. Labour leader Ed Milliband may have promised to freeze prices if the party gets elected in 2015, which would save the average household £120. But if this does not come to fruition, then better management of usage is integral.

There are some items that have to be kept on 24 hours a day, such as refrigerators and freezers. Unless you want your food to spoil, you can't go turning these off. However, there are many items where careful use can keep bills down, and some have more affordable alternatives.

For example, according to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), a desktop computers uses 166kWh a year on average, costing £24 annually. Laptops, however, use just 29kWh at a cost of £4.

Tumble dryers are expensive to use, costing as much as £131 a year to use, Which? revealed, a figure that may lead many people to hang up their clothes to dry instead. Washing machines, meanwhile, are much cheaper to use at between £12 and £47, but this wide

range goes to show that it is sensible to do your research and find the more energy efficient model. It may cost more to
buy but over the course of a few years the savings could cancel out the dearer price.

Traditional CRT TVs are the cheapest to run at £17 a year, but these are very outdated now thanks to a large range of affordable flat screen TVs available. However, it is sensible to opt for the LCD variant over plasma, as the latter costs almost £100 a year to run, compared to £29 for the former.

Remember too that leaving appliances on standby is also costly, using between nine per cent and 16 per cent of the average UK energy bill, according to the EST. Taking the time to make sure these items are turned off at the wall will save you a decent amount of money on your annual bill.

Posted by The EnerGenie

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