Here's a list of some of the biggest energy-wasting appliances in your home, and some tips on how you can lower their usage, cutting down the cost of your energy bills in the process:
In a typical household, the TV is one of the most frequently used appliances - the average TV racks up over 6 hours of on time every day. Costs vary between different types of TV:
The cost of having a television also increases when you consider the other appliances that you use alongside it. For example, a complete set top box and DVD recorder will cost you an extra £35 a year, and an Xbox will set you back a further £10 a year.
If you’re in the market for a new TV, consider buying one with an A or A* efficiency rating, and you’ll see the benefits when your next electricity bill comes through. Also, opt for an LCD screen over plasma - although the picture quality may not be quite as good, they’re much more efficient and can also get a lot brighter.
To save money using your current TV, you can reduce energy usage by lowering the backlight and brightness settings. The biggest drain on TV power is the backlight, so keeping this lower will reduce your power usage. Finally, remember that standby is not the same as off. Devices left on standby will be constantly using power, slowly racking up hefty bills over the year. Turn your TV off completely when you are finished watching by switching it off at the wall.
Costing on average £47.50 a year to run, the fridge freezer is one of the most expensive appliances in any home. Here are some simple tricks that will help you cut down running costs by reducing unnecessary power consumption:
The best advice we can give for this appliance is to make the switch to using a gas hob. On average an electric hob costs £46 a year to run whereas a gas hob costs £33 a year. However, for those in the situation where gas lines are not fitted into your house, an electric hob may be the only option. Here are some tips on how to use it more efficiently:
Despite being one of the most treasured devices in a British household, the electric kettle will set you back a hefty £24 a year. One of the biggest mistakes people make when handling the kettle is filling it up too much. When you go to make a cup of tea, make sure you fill the kettle appropriately - boiling enough water for four people when you make a cuppa is going to cost you in the long run.
This household appliance is used on average 135 times a year, which can set you back £20 annually. Try utilising the following tips to lessen its energy usage: