With many worried about how much their energy bills will be come October, it is important to try and keep costs down wherever possible. Energy experts at Radiators Online looked at five of the worst energy-guzzling appliances in the home and calculated how expensive they are to run.
1. Air conditioning and heating
The experts said: “Your HVAC system is the biggest consumer of energy in your home.
“Most HVAC systems run 24 hours a day; therefore, depending on the efficiency of your unit, on average, it may use 72kWh in a day, costing you a staggering £4,967.65 a year and £13.61 every day.
“To save money, invest in a programmable thermostat. If you assumed the energy costs of running a fan are minimal, you’d be right.
“Consider direct current fans. They use so little energy that operating one at full speed for 24 hours a day would cost between £24.83 and £164.25 a year.”
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According to the experts, this can affect how much electricity the oven uses.
They added: “We estimated that an oven is used, on average, for about an hour a day.
“It takes about 2400 watts for an average oven to run. Therefore, it requires 2.4 kWh for one hour of use and costs about £164.25 to use daily for a year.”
A spokesperson for Radiators Online said: “The cheapest household product on our list is the washing machine.
“This appliance is a widely used Energy Star model and only needs 500 watts per hour to run.
“This is because your washing machine uses more energy heating water than it does doing anything else during a wash cycle.
“So, washing machines are more energy efficient by using cold water, which most people prefer to use when doing their laundry.
“Hence, if used every day for a year, a washing machine’s electricity costs £18.25.
“Overall, refrain from using your energy-intensive appliances as much as possible, opt for energy star®-rated models and consider cheaper alternatives.”