There has been much talk of energy prices recently with them figuring very much in the news headlines. The price cap, the increased gas and electricity prices due to the war in Russia, the government relief schemes etc. It seems that most days we hear something about energy bills. This has led many to have a very heightened awareness of how much electricity and gas they are using and making concerted efforts to reduce their usage. So, how much energy do appliances use around the home and how much could we be saving?

How Much do Appliances Cost to Run?

To help with this, we thought we would take a look at the main appliances found in the home and how much they cost to run. The below table lists typical prices of each appliance, accurate as of 1st October 2022 and based on a rate of 34p per kWh (this is the average direct debit rate). Each costing is based on an average of that specific appliance. Some washing machines will be bigger/smaller than others and use more/less electricity than stated for example.

As you can see, from the table of appliance prices below, some appliances use much more electricity than others. In fact, a ten minute shower a day could cost as much as 51p. Reduce this to a 5 minute shower and that’s 26p per day Conversely the fridge/freezer costs a lot less but is on continually. As a rule of thumb, electrical appliances that use moving parts or emit heat will use more electricity than those that emit light or sound.

How Much Energy do Appliances Use?

Appliance (with average power rating) Cost per hour Cost per 10 mins
Electric shower (9000 W)  £                                   3.06  £                                                          0.51
Immersion heater (3000 W)  £                                   1.02  £
Kettle (3000 W)  £                                                          0.17
Tumble Dryer (2500 W)  £                                   0.85  £                                                          0.14
Electric heater (2500 W)  £                                   0.85  £                                                          0.14
Oven (2100 W)**  £                                   0.71  £
Washing machine (2100 W)  £                                   0.71  £
Oil-filled radiator (2000 W)  £                                   0.68  £                                                          0.11
Hairdryer (2000 W)  –  £                                                          0.11
Hob (2000 W)  £                                   0.61  £                                                          0.10
Grill (1500 W)  £                                   0.51  £                                                          0.09
Iron (1500 W)  £                                   0.51  £                                                          0.09
Toaster (1000 W)  –  £                                                          0.06
Microwave (1000 W)  £                                   0.34  £                                                          0.06
Electric mower (1000 W)  £                                   0.34  £                                                          0.06
Vacuum cleaner (900 W)  £                                   0.31  £                                                          0.05
Dehumidifier (500 W)  £                                   0.17  –
Towel rail (450 W)  £                                   0.15  –
Plasma TV  (350 W)  £                                   0.12  £                                                          0.02
Fridge-freezer (300 W)**  £                                   0.10  –
Freezer (150 W)**  £                                   0.05  –
Fridge (150 W)**  £                                   0.05  –
Heating blanket (150 W)  £                                   0.05  £                                                          0.01
Desktop computer (140 W)  £                                   0.05  £                                                          0.01
Games console (120 W)  £                                   0.04  £                                                          0.01
LCD TV (120 W)  £                                   0.04  £                                                          0.01
Laptop (50 W)  £                                   0.02  –
TV box (40 W)  £                                   0.01  –
DVD player (40 W)  £                                   0.01  –
Extractor fan (20 W)  £                                   0.01  –
Broadband router (10 W)  £                                   0.01  –

Above prices obtained from https://www.cse.org.uk/advice/advice-and-support/how-much-electricity-am-i-using

Tips for Saving Energy

There are a number of ways that you conserve energy. Of course, some of these savings are small but over the course of the year they will soon add up. Take the iron for example, it uses a lot of electricity in a short space of time. If you tend to leave it on, get distracted, do something else and then go back to it, you will use far more electricity than if you just get on and do the ironing quickly. Other savings can be made by:

  • Turning off appliances that are on standby
  • Letting your hair dry naturally more
  • Washing up rather than putting a dishwasher cycle on
  • Use a shorter, cooler washing machine cycle
  • Take shorter showers
  • Popping on a jumper rather than putting the heating on

If you go through the list of appliances above and are honest with yourself about how much you waste, you will probably find that you can make quite considerable savings. Electricity has been something many of us have taken for granted for so long. Of course, sometimes the biggest battle is not ourselves but other members of the family – those teenagers who love to leave their lights on when they leave a room or leave chargers and other devices plugged in continually. A little education and changing of habits can soon start to have an impact on the rest of the family too. Failing that, turn the wi-fi off until they get it!

Even small savings will make a big difference over the course of a year and, should the prices rise again, your new habits will come in handy. The first step is answering the question “how much energy do appliances use?” and the next steps are working out how much they cost and where you can make savings.

Is your home properly insulated? Could you be making savings in this area? We are happy to talk to you about your home insulation requirements. Simply get in touch.