Did you know that an annual gas and electricity bill for a 3 bedroom house in the uk costs on average £1600 a year and about £500 less for a 2 bedroom house and £500 more, for a 4 bedroom house.
We all try and save money and energy where we can. The first step to saving money is knowing how much your appliances costs. Just by being aware, one can, with slight behaviour changes, shave off quite a bit of your monthly electricity bill, money that could go towards other more enjoyable pursuits.
We have gathered together a list of commonly used household appliances and researched for you the average cost per year.
• Fridges – Costs Depend on size, whether it is combined with a freezer, whether it has an ice maker attached etc. A standard fridge can cost around £60 a year to run. By buying an A++ energy rated fridge you could lower your monthly cost considerably. Fridges also work most efficiently when they are 2/3 full.
• Washing Machine – An A++ washing machine can cost you around £65 a year to run. If you lower the temperature to 30 degrees you can save up to 10% off your bill.
• Dryers – Depending on the model, this can cost up to 50p per load. Wherever possible use a drying line.
• Routers – This is one of the most expensive devices to run, costing around £22 a year. Try turning it off at night when not in use.
• Kettles – We are a tea loving nation and can boil the kettle many times a day. This can amount to over £20 a year just on boiling the kettle! To save money and energy, fill the kettle with only as much water as you need. No point in boiling a full kettle every time just for the sake of it.
• Desktop computer – The average computer costs around £24 pounds to run. Consider switching to a laptop which only cost £4 a year. Quite a significant saving.
Plasma TV – This costs a whopping £90 a year.
As you can see, it can be expensive to run appliances. Being aware of their costs, allow you to be more careful and by following these simple tips listed above, you can make real savings. The two most effective changes to consider are,
a) When buying a new appliance, always buy an energy efficient model, A++ being the most efficient.
b) Consider unplugging appliances as opposed to leaving them on standby which uses up energy.
Now that you are knowledgeable about your homes appliance’s energy consumption, you can make smart decisions that benefit your household and lifestyle.
For more tips and advice that will enable you to save energy and money, check out http://www.cecenergy.co.uk/