Appliances can be expensive to run, especially the clothes dryer. According to Uswitch, a tumble dryer can cost upwards of £1 per cycle, compared to the kettle which costs around 1 pence a minute to run. To help households save as much money as possible, an expert has shared how running appliances at “certain times” of the day could save on bills.
David Miloshev, Certified Electrician at Fantastic Services, explained, “In today’s complex energy environment, you may have noticed your bills increasing and you probably want to focus on staying within your budget.
“Only using your appliances at certain times of the day can significantly reduce your energy bills.
“There are special tariffs where you pay a cheaper energy price at night than during the day, called hourly usage tariffs, or Economy 7 or 10 tariffs.”
Exactly when households should run their appliances at night varies depending on their suppliers’ off-peak hours which should be included in the contract.
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The expert also recommended cleaning the oven every two to three months, or at least twice a year. Failure to do so can lead to poor performance, increased electricity bills, and costly repairs, according to the expert.
A dirty oven can also take longer to heat up, which means it will use more electricity in the process.
This also applies to other household appliances, as regular maintenance is important to keep them working properly and to prolong their lifespan.
The expert continued: “In addition to using your appliances at the right times and cleaning them properly, lowering the temperature of your home by a few degrees at certain times of the day can also cause your bills to change.
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“They can go down about 10-12% a year if you run your heating system just five to 10 degrees cooler at night or when you’re away from home.
“If you think you might forget to do it, there are automatic smart devices on the market. They record your heating consumption in real time and track your temperature preferences, using the data to optimize your heating and cooling schedule.
“Also close the doors to unused rooms. You won’t be heating extra space, and the one you’re using will heat up faster, using less energy.
According to Thomas Goodman of MyJobQuote.co.uk, the UK’s leading job-matching site, the tumble dryer is the most energy-consuming appliance in the home.
The expert said: “The clothes dryer is one of the most energy-consuming appliances in the house. If you want to save money during the winter, it might be worth buying a clothes airer to dry your clothes.
“This will save a significant amount of energy. However, it is important that if you use a dryer, you should place it in a well-ventilated room or in a place where you can open the window to avoid humidity.
However, it is the boiler that is the most expensive appliance in the house. Households can reduce the energy consumption of their boiler by lowering the thermostat slightly for heating and hot water.
Thomas recommended using blankets and carrying an extra jacket if Brits are looking to save energy.