The top six energy consumers costing you the most on your energy bills

MUCH EXPENSIVE: You can save money by opting for cheaper alternatives (Photo by Getty)

The ever-increasing cost of gas and electricity has us all wondering how we can save money on our energy bills.

Since the energy price cap increase is in effect, it can be difficult to understand the discounted costs for each device. Therefore, it is imperative to know which household appliances are the most energy efficient and which cost you the most money, if you are looking for ways to save money.

Luckily, Hometree’s energy specialists have crunched the numbers and revealed the running costs of your appliances by looking at which ones use the most energy. Boiler specialists have also come up with some suggestions for more energy-efficient alternatives.

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1. Dishwasher – £1.12 per 90 minute cycle
One of the most expensive household appliances to run is the dishwasher, which consumes around 3.3 kWh of energy, experts have revealed. This is because the average dishwasher cycle takes about an hour or an hour and a half.

Some lower quality ones even go up to two to four hours per cycle. However, you can save money by investing in an energy-efficient Class A dishwasher and making sure you only run the dishwasher when it’s fully loaded.

Worst culprits: Wet appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines are the worst culprits (Photo by Getty/EyeEm)

2. Fridge and Freezer – £3.26 per day
According to the Energy Saving Trust, fridges and freezers account for around 13% of an average household’s energy bill. The typical refrigerator/freezer uses approximately 9.6 kWh of electricity per day and operates continuously at 400 watts of power.

There are not many choices for energy conservation as refrigerators and freezers have to run continuously due to their nature. You can, however, spend your money on buying one that uses less power.

3. Washing machine – 75p cycle per hour
Washing machines and dishwashers account for around 14% of a typical energy bill. On average, a typical washing machine will run for around 45-90 minutes.

Select your washing machine’s eco setting to save energy (Photo by Getty)

To save money, experts recommend using appliances with a Class A energy efficiency rating. Avoid running half-load cycles and opt for an eco-friendly setting that uses a wash and dry cycle. lower temperature.

4. Oven (gas/electric) – 34p per 20 mins
Frequent use of your oven can be very costly in terms of energy and money. However, there are ways to maximize your energy efficiency if you must use one.

For example, do not cook with baking trays inside the oven as they restrict ventilation. Regular cleaning of the oven also contributes to better heat dispersion.

Alternatively, you can opt for an air fryer, which is a cheaper and much more energy-efficient option. Recent research has shown that cooking in an air fryer costs about half the price of cooking in an oven.

5. Electrical Appliances – 10p per hour
With working from home becoming the norm, we are more dependent than ever on consumer electronics. Since these devices are regularly left in standby mode, they account for around 6% of your energy bills, according to Energy Saving Trust.

However, there are ways to cut costs, especially when watching TV, such as lowering the brightness slightly, setting a sleep timer, and turning off the main power switch when not in use.

6. Lighting – 2p per hour
According to the Energy Saving Trust, lighting costs about 5% of the average annual energy bill. Although the electricity consumption per bulb (around 2p per hour, using up to 0.06kWh of energy) may seem like little, the sum total of all the bulbs on throughout the day can have a huge impact. on your overall bill.

Although it may sound easy, remembering to switch off your lights when not in use will help you save around £25 a year on your energy costs. You can also invest in LED lighting, which is often brighter and more energy efficient.

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