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Energy company reveals the cost of running popular appliances – and the cheapest cooking options might surprise you

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HOUSEHOLDS across the country will see their energy consumption increase over the coming weeks and months as winter brings darker and colder days.

Irish consumers were hit by huge increases in energy supplies earlier this month as the cost of living crisis continues to put pressure on hard-hit families.

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Irish households have been hit by soaring energy prices in recent monthsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
An electric shower is one of the most expensive appliances to run in the home.

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An electric shower is one of the most expensive appliances to run in the home.Credit: Getty Images – Getty

As energy costs continue to skyrocket, it’s critical to know exactly how much each appliance in your home is costing you.

Luckily, the energy experts at Energia have produced a handy little guide to help you save money by detailing the average cost of popular appliances.

If you like to take a long shower, you might want to think twice, because an electric shower is one of the most expensive appliances to run in the house.

According to Energia’s cost list, a power shower costs an average of 56c for a 10 minute run, which equates to around £3.33 an hour.

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Meanwhile, running the immersion for an hour to heat the water tank will cost €1.67.

The second most expensive appliance to run at home is a clothes dryer.

Autumn and winter bring wet weather, which means that it is not also possible to dry clothes outside.

However, the average cost of running a tumble dryer is 19c – or around £1.30 per hour.

Washing clothes costs 43c per hour, while ironing costs around 87c per hour.

When it comes to cooking dinner, the best option to opt for is an air fryer, as it is more economical than an oven, electric griddle, toaster, microwave or table. induction cooking.

Using an air fryer for an hour will cost 56c, while equivalent use for an oven costs 58c, with a microwave costing 65c per hour, as a toaster costs even more at 68c

An electric hob and an induction hob running for 60 minutes will cost you 74c and 63c respectively.

The beloved mugs to keep you warm when you turn down the heat also add up, as 5 minutes of boiling a kettle costs 6c – or 78c per hour.

Meanwhile, washing the dishes after everyone has been fed and rehydrated also hit puffiness.

A dishwasher running on a 65 degree cycle will cost 65c per 60 minutes.

However, when it comes to unwinding after a hard day, relaxing in front of the TV doesn’t cost as much as you might think.

Energia has produced a guide to the average cost of popular appliances

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Energia has produced a guide to the average cost of popular appliances

The average cost of a 42 inch LCD TV is 4 cents per hour.

All costs are based on a unit cost of 37c.

Energy experts have also offered helpful tips to help you try to save money around the house.

And they say savings can be made with appliances that need to be on all day – the fridge and the freezer.

In a blog post on their website, they say: “Our fridge and freezer have to run all day, so it’s no surprise that they’re one of the biggest energy consumers in the home – in some cases, they can offset just less than 10% of our energy bills.

“To make it work effectively, you can take a few steps. Defrost it regularly, let food cool before putting it in, and try not to leave the door open when taking out food.

They also urge people to be smart with their use of the dryer.

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They warn: “It’s safe to say that we are not guaranteed a pleasant drying time every day in Ireland, and while drying clothes outside is a great way to save electricity, the clothes dryer is sometimes the only option.

“If this is the case, try to only use the dryer at full load and check the appliance regularly to make sure it is in good working order.”

They also have handy tips when it comes to washing machines, like trying colder washes and fuller loads.

They say, “You may already know that your washing machine uses a fair amount of energy, but did you know that the majority of the energy it uses is just to heat water for washing?

“That’s why it’s recommended to try a colder wash with cold water and, like the dryer and the dishwasher, to wash full loads rather than opting for smaller washes and more frequent.”

They also recommend using the dishwasher, saying: “It will probably come as a surprise to many, but using the dishwasher (fully loaded) is actually a more efficient way to save money on electricity. than washing by hand.

“According to a study by the University of Bonn in Germany, a full dishwasher uses about 13 liters to clean just under 150 items while washing the same amount by hand uses 100 liters.

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“So the next time someone says ‘just put it in the dishwasher,’ you’ll probably be better tuned.”

They also suggest investing in energy-saving bulbs.