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Energy bills: 10 ‘energy guzzling’ appliances ‘bust your budget’

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Homeowners and bill payers are being warned about the most “power-hungry” appliances in the home as the energy price cap is set to rise in October. Experts have shared the top 10 appliances that consume the most electricity and are “probably blowing your budget”.

1. Air conditioning and heating

The experts explained, “Your HVAC system is the biggest energy consumer in your home. Most HVAC systems operate 24 hours a day; therefore, depending on how efficient your device is, it may use an average of 72kWh per day, costing you £4,967.65 per year and £13.61 per day.

“To save money, invest in a programmable thermostat. If you assumed that the energy costs of running a fan are minimal, you would be right. Consider DC fans.

“They use so little power that running one at full speed 24 hours a day would cost between £24.83 and £164.25 a year.”

It will soon be cold enough outside that many Britons will want their heating on, so it’s important to know how to cut costs.

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2. Water heating

According to energy experts, water heaters use more energy than you probably realize.

They said, “For example, it takes about 4000 watts to keep a water heater running for one hour, and the average water heater running for 3 hours. That means it uses 12kWh per average, costing you around £828.55 if used daily for a year.

“But you don’t have to break the bank to heat the water in your house; Heat pump water heaters do not generate heat directly from electricity. Instead, they use electricity to transfer heat using only around 500 watts.

3. Refrigerator

A refrigerator needs to run 24 hours a day to keep food fresh and hygienic, which means it is one of the most energy-consuming appliances.

According to experts, a fridge costs nearly £300 a year to run.

They added: “That means you spend over £200 a year keeping your food fresh. Although a refrigerator is necessary, paying for it with expensive electricity is not essential.

“Instead, buy a cheaper appliance to cut the cost, like propane refrigerators.”

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4. Dishwasher

While using a dishwasher can save time, it doesn’t help save money. If used every day, it could cost close to £250 to operate.

Instead, owners could use it every other day and do the dishes instead.

5. Oven

Experts said: “You like to cook, you may know how much energy this appliance consumes. But did you know that how you use your oven affects how much electricity you use?

“We are guilty of opening and closing the oven door when it is on, but this habit can be costly. We have estimated that an oven is used, on average, about one hour per day. It takes about 2400 watts for an average oven to operate. Therefore, it requires 2.4 kWh for 1 hour of use and costs around £164.25 for daily use for a year.

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8. Stove

Experts said a stove costs billpayers just over £100 a year to operate. That is if it is used for an average usage time of 60 minutes.

Instead, Britons might choose to use a microwave if they have one.

9. Hair dryer

Hairdryers are also frequently used, but can add around £40 to an annual bill.

It depends on the duration of use, but experts said that it is often used for around 30 minutes each time.

10. Coffee maker

A coffee machine is used daily in homes that have one, often during the day when energy is more expensive.

Coming in last, a coffee machine costs around £11 to run for a year. That is if used for the average time of 10 minutes.

A Radiators Online spokesperson said: “The cheapest household product on our list is the washing machine. This device is a widely used Energy Star model and only needs 500 watts per hour to operate.

“This is because your washing machine uses more energy to heat water than it does to do anything else during a wash cycle. So washing machines are more energy efficient by using cold water, which most people prefer to use for doing their laundry.

“So if used every day for a year, electricity for a washing machine costs £18.25. Overall, avoid using your energy-guzzling appliances as much as possible, opt for Energy Star® qualified models and consider cheaper alternatives.