The 5 Kitchen Appliances That Are Raising Your Energy Bills and How to Fix It | Personal finance | Finance
Ofgem recently announced that the price cap on energy bills is set to rise by nearly £1,000 in October, leaving Britons braced for another spike in the cost of living. To reduce expenses in some way, it’s important to know which devices could have a big impact on your bills and what more you can do to reduce them.
The price cap on energy bills rose 54% in April as the Russian-Ukrainian war put pressure on supply chains largely at the helm.
This drove up Briton’s energy bills to a staggering sum of around £1,971 a year.
Now bills are set to rise another £1,000 in October, according to energy regulator Ofgem in its latest report.
This startling forecast could see bills soar into the region of £2,800, leaving many households much shorter than might have been expected.
However, to put yourself in the best possible position before more price increases take place, it is important to know what you are spending money on – and how to reduce it.
It’s no surprise that the most used appliances are the ones that consume the most of the energy bill, but which ones are they exactly?
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What kitchen appliances are driving up my bills?
Judging by its size and the fact that it’s always on, your fridge-freezer is unsurprisingly the most expensive appliance to run in your kitchen.
Due to the fact that it always needs to be on, you may be wondering how you can save cost while using this device.
Claire Horne, an energy conservation expert at Kessler’s, told Metro: “The more produce your refrigerator holds, the harder it has to work to stay cool and run smoothly.
“So start by making sure you don’t overload the fridge.
“Being aware of the food you really need to buy not only helps you save money on your energy bill, but can also help you save money on your grocery store.”
However, it’s not quite the same mantra for the freezer. The freezer actually works more efficiently if it’s more full than empty, because it doesn’t have to work as hard to hold in the cold.
But make sure you don’t overcrowd it, as it needs space for air circulation.
You should also make a conscious effort to defrost it from time to time to rid it of any ice buildup, which will cause the unit to use more energy to operate.
Although extractor fans are great for reducing kitchen odors, they are quite expensive to run, especially when left on.
Instead of running your fan for the entire cooking time, try running it for a few minutes after you’re done.
Check the fan filter to make sure it is clear and clean. This will help it run more smoothly and, in turn, consume less power when you need to turn it on.
You can easily clean it in a bowl of soapy water with white vinegar and dish soap.
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This appliance is another frequently used item around the home and usually accounts for a large portion of your kitchen appliance bill.
Whenever possible, energy conservation experts advise using other methods to cook food.
In terms of energy-efficient cooking, Ben Gallizzi, Editor-in-Chief at Uswitch, said: “The microwave is generally the most efficient way to heat and cook food – it’s always faster and smaller in size ( as opposed to oven) means that the heat is more concentrated on what is cooked.
Uswitch estimates it costs 27p to bake a potato, but only 3p in the microwave – a saving of 24p at a time.
Mr Gallizzi also suggested: “Slow cookers are also energy efficient cooking appliances – they use just a bit more energy than a traditional light bulb, and you can leave your food to cook slowly throughout the day for you’re at work or when you need to move on.
However, if this is not an option, reduce the contribution to the cost of the oven by cooking as much as possible in one go to ensure that all space and heat are used efficiently. So cooking meals in bulk and freezing them can help.
Try to keep the oven door closed at all times while cooking to prevent heat from escaping and make sure it is clean. That way it would need that much power to work.
Cups of tea are a popular drink amongst Brits, but surprisingly this little device costs more to operate than you might think.
Based on the current average unit price for electricity of 28p per kWh, an average 3kW (3000W) kettle would cost around 14p to boil – based on 10 minutes duration.
It might not seem like a lot, but it all adds up.
Ms Horne said: ‘Overfilling the kettle and leaving it on standby are two ways to waste money.
If the kettle is boiling large masses of water, it will need more power to reach the boiling point. A simple way to cut kettle costs is to boil just enough water.
You can measure this by first pouring water into your cup and then pouring it into the kettle. Also turn off the kettle on the wall after each use.
It is estimated that a dishwasher costs around 37p per hour to run. The more charges you do, the more it adds up – especially if you’re not using eco mode.
Try to reduce the number of charges by only turning it on when it is completely full, but do not overload it. This could reduce the quality of cleanliness.
Lower the heating temperature if possible or run it in eco mode. As with other devices, you also need to make sure the filters are clean to consume less energy when powered.