n 2014, UK households had an average of 41 electrical appliances, according to one Government report. Of course, that was eight years ago – before the lockdown led to the purchase of home exercise equipment, and before we upgraded our work from home setup.
With a 54% increase in the energy price range in April – an increase in household energy bills Up to 9 1,971 Every year for the default tariff – many households are forced to take a closer look at the devices that are increasing our energy bills.
Aside from the more obvious culprits – large appliances like washing machines, tumble dryers, refrigerators and ovens – here are some other electrical products you may want to keep an eye on.
Games consoles and TV
“In general, game consoles, treadmills and Internet-connected devices are the worst offenders,” says property expert Jonathan Rolande, who founded it. Buy a home fast. And represents National Association of Property Buyers.
Video games have exploded in popularity since the epidemic, and sales of game consoles have skyrocketed. Sony Reported Sales of PlayStation 5 consoles were about 10 times higher when they were released in 2020, compared to the launch of the PlayStation 4 in 2013. More than 10 million PlayStation 5 consoles were sold in 2021, and the company now owns more than 116.4 million. Consumers globally.
Unfortunately, game consoles are one of the most expensive devices in terms of energy consumption. One hour of play per day will cost 20.55 per year – and the PlayStation plugin and connectivity will add £ 7.85 per year, according to PlayStation. statistics.
That doesn’t even include the cost of running your TV, which adds up. Of Average 55 inch TV, For example, one hour a day would cost £ 7.87 per year to run, and £ 3.43 per standby only.
In addition to spending less time on them, your best bet is to disconnect your game consoles from the Internet and turn them off on the mains when not in use.
From Eva Kelly Love energy saving. Explains: “Any time a device is left on standby, a small amount of electricity is used. It will increase over the course of a year, so get in the habit of switching off the wall and the consequences. I see my bills go down. “
“Laptops can be one of the biggest sources of energy in a home,” says Kelly. “It’s important to remember to switch off the wall and turn off your laptop properly.”
The energy consumption of a laptop depends on many factors, from its use to the size of your screen and its brightness. If a laptop uses an average of 32.5 watts of power, it would cost £ 17.75 a year to use it for full-time work (37.5 hours a week).
However, leaving it in sleep mode will cost the remaining £ 3.37 per year, running at 2 watts.
When the gym closed during the lockdown, it increased sales of fitness equipment. Of the pilot Annual incomeFor example, it increased from $ 915 million (£ 745m) in 2019 to $ 4 billion (£ 3.26bn) in 2021, with more subscribers than ever before.
But pilot bikes, rowing machines and treadmills suffer the most in terms of energy consumption. On standby, Pilot Bike + will still be used. 1.9 watts Electricity, total £ 4.66 per year if left unattended at all times. Even with the bike off but plugged in, you’ll spend about a pound a year.
Treadmills are still greedy, using 600-700 watts power on average – Equivalent to .2 33,215 per year if used three and a half hours a week.
“To reduce costs, if possible, run or ride a bike instead of a treadmill or stationary bike at home. Alternatively, choose home exercise equipment that does not require plugging, such as Manually operated bikes and trade mills, “says Kelly.
“Blenders can use a lot of energy, because anyone who has seen their smart meter while making smoothies will know, “says Kelly.
Thankfully, the powerful blender does not need to be used for long. For example, a 1200 watt blender like the NutriBullet would cost £ 2.45 a year if used for one minute daily.
For example, if you use your blender every day to make a smoothie for breakfast, make coffee for a few days and keep the smoothie in the fridge. That way, you’ll be getting rid of clutter you don’t need, and you’ll be getting rid of clutter you don’t need.
Kettle and coffee machines.
Kettles are notorious energy consumers. Boiling a kettle running at maximum power (usually about 3000 watts) costs 84p per hour. This adds up to .4 25.47 a year, if used for five minutes a day.
The important thing is that the more liquid inside the kettle, the longer it will take to boil – and the higher the cost.
Rolande’s advice is simple: “To save cash, don’t overfill or disable. Even with a coffee machine.”
Coffee machines are relatively inexpensive to operate because they only boil the essential water. For example, a Nespresso De’Longhi expert espresso machine can use an average of 1,260 watts for 30 seconds to make a coffee, if you have one coffee a day it costs only £ 1.07 Will be annual.
These costs may not seem high – but they do increase. Says Rolande: “Individually, the cost of junk can be higher than just a penny or two in a day – but multiply all these days by the number of devices and you will soon lose a large chunk of cash. Will give
Joint, for example, Energy Saving Trust The average UK household spends about £ 55 a year on electrical appliances left on standby.
How to reduce costs? “Obviously the best solution is not to just use them,” says Rolande.
“Failing that, plug them in after use to save on standby costs. Make the most of them when electricity is generally cheap. Don’t connect to the Internet unless you need to.” Buy a meter display to show you real-time usage and cost – it’s mind boggling when you see pounds being used per hour.
When buying new electronics, Rolande also recommends that customers look at the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which shows how much energy they save.