While household apliances on standby don’t use a concerning amount of energy, when they are left on this mode for an “extended” amount of time, they can “quickly guzzle away a lot of cash”, according to Nicholas Auckland, an energy expert from Trade Radiators.
The expert has shared five home appliances that households need to monitor due to the amount of energy they can consume.
1. Washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers
These machines account for 14 per cent of energy bills due to how much water and air need to be heated up for the appliances to work.
In order to “save money” when it comes to using these, Nicholas said: “I recommend washing on a cold wash or using the ‘eco’ setting. I also recommend drying your clothes outside or inside if possible instead of using a tumble dryer at all.
“Make sure that you only ever use any of these appliances when they’re full, as this will save money on your bills as you will need to use them less frequently.”
2. Fridges and freezers
Counting for around the same amount of energy bill as washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers, these appliances “cost so much due to the fact that they have to be turned on all the time”.
The expert said: “I recommend making sure that your appliances are set to the correct temperature so they’re not too cold and not too hot, which could be using excess energy.
“I also recommend investing in good, high-quality fridges and freezers that have a high energy efficiency rating.”
Nicholas claimed that these appliances “last for years and years” if they’re well looked after and are high quality, so it’s definitely worth investing in order to save money on not only energy bills but the need to replace them in the near future.
3. TVs and games consoles
These appliances are also left on for extended periods of time in standby mode, which can “quickly guzzle away a lot of cash when it comes to energy bills”.
The expert said: “I would say that these appliances count for around six to 10 per cent of your energy bills in a modern home, especially homes with multiple numbers of both televisions and games consoles.”
To save money on these, opt for energy-efficient devices when you first buy them, and “make sure to turn them off at the wall” when not in use so they’re not in standby mode.
Nicholas warned: “Not only does standby continually use energy, but it can prove dangerous as there is still electricity flowing from your sockets to your devices, and if they were to overheat it could be dangerous.”
This is less of a problem in summer due to the light nights, but outdoor lights can still pose a problem. To save money on lighting costs, switch to LED lightbulbs.
The expert said: “By doing this, you can save around £70 to £75 a year on energy bills. Similarly, you can save around £25 to £30 a year just by making sure that you switch off all your lighting when you’re not in the room/it doesn’t need to be on.
“Lights are one of those things that seem small in the short term, but long-term they add a lot to your energy bills (around five percent of your energy bills will be lighting price).”
5. Ovens, kettles, microwaves and air fryers
All cooking appliances are known to count for roughly five percent of energy bills, although this could be more depending on the efficiency of the appliance, how much cooking you do and how many appliances there are.
Nicholas revealed: “Air fryers and other modern cooking appliances use the least energy. To save money using these appliances, I recommend making sure that you have them all placed in the correct places within your kitchen.
“I also recommend that you opt for energy-efficient appliances in the first place. When it comes to using kettles, it’s vital that you only boil as much water as you’re about to use. Similarly, you should only use the hobs that fit the specific pan you’re boiling/cooking with.”.