How to cut costs on 5 appliances that make energy bills soar

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Your kettle could add £87 to your electricity bill – here are some tricks to save you money

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The household appliances that are skyrocketing your energy bill have been revealed.

The appliances listed will add an additional £336 to your energy bill.

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However, you can avoid these extra costs by making some simple changes to the way you use them.

Here are the five types of home appliances that are eating into your energy bills and what changes you can make to save money, according to Currys.

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What are the power guzzlers?

  • Washing machines and dishwashers account for 25% of the average household’s total electricity bill.
  • If you don’t turn off your TV or game console, 19% of your total electricity bill could be gobbled up.
  • Kettles, along with other kitchen appliances such as cookers and blenders, account for 19% of the average household’s energy use.
  • Refrigerators and freezers account for around 16% of the average household’s total electricity bill.
  • The wrong type of lighting could also cost you £9 per bulb.

What tweaks can you make to save money on these devices?

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“Wet” devices

Washing machines and dishwashers should be switched to an eco setting to save money, Matt Manning, Currys Group’s carbon and environmental manager, told Express.

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He said: “A lot of people don’t realize their devices have this feature, so it’s always worth checking the front of your machine.”

You can also set your washing machine to run on high-speed spins to save around £40 a year.

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Ditching the dishwasher and hand washing can save you money considering it costs £110.76 a year to use a dishwasher based on if you use it three times a week.

TVs and game consoles

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Turning them off properly at the switch and not leaving them on standby can save you £40 a year.

An additional £145 can be saved if you choose to buy more energy-efficient appliances when upgrading, said Mr Manning.

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cooking appliances

Turning them off properly can save you some serious cash.

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It’s important to note that overfilling your kettle could add £87 to your bill – so only top it up with as much water as you actually need.

“Cold” devices

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Fridges and freezers could increase your bills because they don’t work efficiently.

If it doesn’t thaw, that could add an extra £150 a year.

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Gaps in the doors can also cost you money.

lighting

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Switching to LED lights will help you save money and ensure the lights stay off when you don’t need them.

What other ways are there to save money on bills?

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The Government is giving all households a £200 rebate on their bills in April – but you’ll have to pay it back.

They could also be eligible for help from the £500million Household Support Fund, where councils are offering support with bills and groceries.

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The help available varies from country to country. So contact your local authority to find out what’s on offer in your area.

Insulating your home could also save you £315 a year, and turning the thermostat down just one degree can save you £127.70 a year, according to energy experts at USwitch.

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