Five Frightful Electrical Appliances That Could Be Eating Up Your Energy Bill
Spooky season is officially upon us, from haunted houses to horror films, Halloween can be one of the scariest nights of the year. But your energy bill doesn’t need to be quite so frightful. Take a look at these five electrical appliances that could be making you go bump in the night this Winter!
Everybody loves a cup of tea or a sweet hot chocolate to warm you up after a hard night’s work of trick or treating but it can taste even better knowing that you’re saving money at the same time. Make sure that you only boil the amount of water that you need!
In most households the fridge will consume up to one third of the total power used. Here’s a few tricks to help you minimise this… Keep the fridge door closed. Your fridge is constantly trying to maintain it’s optimum temperature, so keeping the fridge door open whilst you look for something to get your fangs into may not seem like a big deal but keeping it open means your fridge will have to work even harder and use more energy. Secondly, don’t forget to defrost the fridge when necessary. Even a quarter of an inch of ice build-up can affect the fridges efficiency.
Electric showers are high consumption items. They are usually rated between 7kW and 10.5kW, making them probably the most expensive thing to run in your house. Even just a 15-minute shower could cost as much as 40p! To minimise this, consider purchasing a shower timer to stay in control of your water and electricity usage.
You can keep the ghosts at bay with this high-power device. Hair dryers in the UK use around 230 to 240 volts for mains electricity and range between 1200W to 3000W. A typical higher power hair dryer costs around 7p when used for 10 minutes. If you’re using this everyday the costs add up, you could easily be spending £30 a year on your hairdryer alone. Try letting your hair dry naturally or towel dry the bulk of it and zap the rest.
We couldn’t write an article on appliances that eat up your energy bills and not include the tumble dryer! We can’t really rely on sunny days in the UK now that winter is upon us but air drying clothes on the line or around your home on a clothes rack can help you save a few pennies. Make sure that your dryer is full when you use it to help maximise efficiency as well as using a spin cycle on your washing machine before you use the dryer as this will decrease the amount of time clothes need to be dried.
So, to ensure you won’t be getting a fright this winter, practice these energy saving tricks and you can reward yourself with a money saving treat!