The energy experts at Hometree have crunched the numbers and revealed the costs of running your home appliances, by looking at which ones use the most energy, and what you can do for cheaper alternatives.
Dishwasher – £1.12 per 90 minute cycle
The majority usage on your energy bills will come from the wet household appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines.
The average dishwasher cycle lasts around an hour and a half, but some lower quality ones can run from two to four hours. Running a dishwasher is one of the most expensive household appliances, using around 3.3 kWh of energy.
It’s possible to estimate how much energy each appliance uses by multiplying its power rating in kW by the number of minutes/hours it’s left on. Wattage information should be on the label or in any manual that comes with your appliance.
For example, a dishwasher may have a power rating of 2200W (there are 1000W in a kW). If you run it for 90 minutes it uses 3.3 kWh, costing around £1.12 for a 90 minute cycle. Here are the workings of the equation: 2.2 x 90/60 = 3.3kWh.
There are options for saving on your energy bills, such as making sure to only run the dishwasher when fully loaded, and investing in a grade A energy-efficient dishwasher. The good news is that dishwashers are more time efficient, and cheaper than washing dishes by hand, which tends to use more water.
Washing Machine – 75p per hour cycle
Washing machines and dishwashers account for around 14% of a typical energy bill. On average, a typical washing machine will run from around 45 to 90 minutes. A washing machine will have a similar power rating to a dishwasher, with an average rating of…
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