FAMILIES are battling one of the worst cost of living crises in decades and rising energy bills are taking their toll on UK households.
But many people don’t know which appliances are the biggest energy guzzlers in their home – and there are some easy ways to cut costs.
Some kitchen appliances are skyrocketing your energy bills—without you knowing itPhoto credit: Getty
Energy bills have skyrocketed by 54% in April, with the average annual bill now standing at a staggering £1,971.
It is expected to rise further in October, with the latest estimates of bills reaching nearly £4,000.
In the past, households were advised to look for a fixed energy tariff to get the best deal, but this is no longer the case.
Most families are now better off sticking with the standard tariff because it is capped by the energy price cap.
But with bills this high, it’s important to do everything you can to reduce your consumption
And your kitchen could be one of the places in the house that uses the most energy.
Emily Seymour, which ones? Sustainability Editor, said: “It’s not surprising that tumble dryers are one of the most costly appliances to operate, so it’s worth considering drying your clothes outside if you can. If you’re looking for a new model, a heat pump dryer could also save £100 off your annual energy bills.
“If you are concerned about your current energy use, there are many small steps you can take; Using an air fryer, microwave or slow cooker instead of a traditional oven can use less energy and therefore save you money in the long run.”
Here we take a look at the average annual running costs of each major appliance in your kitchen by which one?.
Tests show that clothes dryers are the most expensive appliance in the kitchen.
They cost the average household a whopping £140 a year.
However, if you have a heat pump model, that price is cut in half as they are far more energy efficient.
If possible, hang your clothes outside to dry in warmer weather, and you could also save money by using a heated drying rack.
American-style fridges and freezers can cost a small fortune – which costs the average household £120 each year.
On the other hand, free-standing models, which are usually smaller, are significantly cheaper to maintain.
These typically cost just £84.94 to run – and integrated models are even cheaper at £72.41 a year, Which?
The energy consumption for these appliances is so high because freezers have to run 24/7.
To save money, be sure to let the food cool before putting it in the freezer – as hot food makes the job harder.
Dishwashers can be expensive when you add up how much they cost over the course of a year.
They set the average household back £79.38.
The obvious way to save money is to only run your appliance when it’s full — or go back to the good old sink.
If you’re using a dishwasher, wait until you have a full load and use the Eco setting if you have it.
The average built-in electric oven costs £64.18 per year to run.
In general, electric ovens are more energy efficient and perform better in cost savings tests.
Turn off the oven a few minutes before the food is ready and let it continue cooking in the remnants of the heat (just make sure it’s piping hot before you eat!).
You can also get away with not preheating the oven in most cases.
If possible, consider using the microwave instead as it is much cheaper to run.
Washing machines fall just behind ovens in annual running costs at £63.25.
To save money – and the planet – wash your clothes at a lower temperature.
If your machine is only half full, you might also want to wait before hitting the start button. Waiting until you have a full load of laundry means you’re likely to have fewer cycles throughout the year.
The? recently found that one big wash four times a week reduces energy use by 17% compared to someone doing three smaller washes a day.
Your range hood is helpful for blowing away odors while cooking — but it costs money to run.
However, according to one expert, it makes the most sense to only let it run for five to 10 minutes after boiling.
If you tend to leave it on and forget about it, set an alarm to remind you to turn it off.
The Sun found that cooker hoods and unused vents are among the areas in the home where heat can escape and can cost you hundreds of pounds each year.
You should also check your extractor filter – keeping it clean will ensure it runs efficiently.
They usually just need to be emptied or put through the washing machine.
A cup of tea is a morning must for millions of people, but using your kettle the wrong way could skyrocket your energy bills.
Overfilling the kettle and leaving it on standby are two ways you might be wasting money
The more water in your kettle, the harder it has to work to bring it to a boil. And that’s a waste of energy if you only make one cup.
To avoid this common mistake, take your mug, fill it with water and pour that into your kettle – this way you only heat the water you intend to use.
However, according to Utilita, leaving a kettle on the wall adds about five percent to your annual energy bill.
If you have family and friends over for a BBQ, you can hook up a second fridge to keep drinks cool.
But beware – this is one of the most energy-hungry vampire devices in your house.
Loop says an unused extra fridge could cost £99 a year if left on.
So if you’re using an extra fridge, make sure to unplug it once the guests have left.
A cheaper alternative could also be to chill your drinks in a large ice bucket.
To keep prices down, there are a number of general energy tips to consider if you’re concerned.
More ways to save on energy costs
Turn off all plugs and sockets – we spoke to an expert who saved £180 a year using this hack
Meal prepping could also halve your meal bills to about a tenner a week
You could try to reduce bills that you no longer have to pay – read more about this here
How to use your radiators properly so you don’t waste money.
And here’s a little-known Boiler trick that slashed one woman’s bill by almost £100 a month.