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Five “energy-intensive” household appliances – how to “save money” on bills

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As many worry about how high their energy bills will be in October, it’s important to try and keep costs down where possible. The energy experts at Radiators Online have looked at five of the worst energy-hungry appliances in the home and calculated how much they cost to run.

1. Air conditioning and heating

Experts say, “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.

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According to experts, this can affect the amount of electricity used by the oven.

They added: “We have estimated that an oven is used, on average, about one hour per day.

“It takes about 2,400 watts to run an average oven. Therefore, it requires 2.4kWh for one hour of use and costs around £164.25 for daily use for a year.

A Radiators Online spokesperson said: “The cheapest household product on our list is the washing machine.

“This unit is a widely used Energy Star model and only needs 500 watts per hour to operate.

“That’s 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 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.”