Rising energy bills will leave many UK households struggling this winter. Lower temperatures mean using more appliances, which will lead to higher energy bills. However, there are changes families can make to the devices that cost the most electricity – and making those changes now could help them save money in the long run.
Monitoring the most energy-hungry appliances in their homes now can help households save money next winter, according to Boiler Central experts.
It is worth keeping an eye on common household appliances, such as the boiler, washing machines and kettle.
Boilers cost the most on electricity, leaving the typical family £78 out of pocket per month.
Lowering your boiler temperature can reduce annual energy bills by £67.20 for every 10C cut.
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A D-rated fridge-freezer costs the average family £13 a month. However, people with the most energy-efficient Class A appliances would lose £7 out of pocket every month.
According to Boiler Central, a dishwasher costs UK households £10.30 a month. Hand washing means lower energy costs, but higher water bills.
Kettles are surprisingly expensive to run. Using your kettle for just 15 minutes a day adds up to £9.60 to a bill each month.
There are, however, some simple tricks households can do to save 84 pence a day.
It’s about boiling the kettle when it’s half full instead of full – a full kettle costs more to run because it uses more energy to boil more water.
Another way to cut costs is to descale the kettle as lime scale can block the heating elements which consume more energy.
An inexpensive way to clean the device is to fill it with vinegar and water, leave for 30 minutes, then boil the kettle.
Another device that can be expensive to run is the television. But switching off the appliance on the wall can save you £12 a year, according to Boiler Central.
Although laptops aren’t as energy-intensive as other devices, unplugging your device when you’re not using it can save you 13 pence a day, or £4.87 a year.
Meanwhile, microwaves cost £1.60 a month if used for just 10 minutes a day.
However, these devices also consume energy when plugged in and on standby – up to £16 a year, in fact.
Finally, mobile phones cost around 44 pence a month to charge, but unplugging phone chargers when not in use can mean savings of up to £2 a year.