If you’re looking to reduce your energy consumption this winter, it’s important to remember that not all appliances are created equal – and some of them are seriously rinsing your money.
Clothes dryers, ovens and kettles are the biggest offenders, according to a guide from Money Saving Expert.
The finance gurus calculated the figures using standard appliances and the upcoming October price cap charge for electricity (51.89p/kWh).
The numbers they put forward are “rough” but give a very good idea of which devices cost families more.
Number one on the list is the humble tumble dryer, which could end up costing you £1.56 per hour to use. If you don’t have a clothes airer, it might be time to invest in one.
Next on the list is the oven, which costs £1.04 per hour to use. In comparison, an air fryer would cost 59p and a slow cooker would cost 12p.
And the third is the kettle, which costs 93p per hour.
A study by the University of York estimates that 45 million Britons will be forced into fuel poverty and will struggle to pay their energy bills this winter.
Two-thirds of all UK households – or 18million families – will be pushed into financial hardship by January due to soaring inflation – which has already hit a 40-year high.
According to the study, the hardest hit region will be Northern Ireland with 76.3% of families struggling to make ends meet, followed by Scotland at 72.8%, then the West Midlands (70, 9%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (70.6%).
Money Saving Expert’s guide revealed that an electric hob will cost you 88p per hour, while a vacuum cleaner costs around 73p per hour to use.
A microwave, toaster and dishwasher all cost around 62p per hour to use.
Some of the cheapest appliances to run, per hour, are televisions, refrigerators, light bulbs and phone chargers.