Efficient Electricity Usage: Saving Money and Reducing Costs. 

When it comes to managing your electricity bills, understanding how to use your appliances efficiently is the key.

Optimising Appliance Usage: 

Timing Matters: Use appliances during off-peak hours when electricity rates may be lower. This can save you money, especially for high-energy-consuming devices. 

The Power of Your Battery: If you have a home battery, consider storing excess energy during times of low demand and using it during peak hours when electricity is more expensive. 

Electricity Usage and Costs: 

Here’s a table illustrating the power rating (Watts), estimated kWh consumption over 5 hours, and the cost associated with common appliances. Understanding these figures can help you make informed decisions about your electricity usage.

Appliance Watts kWh (5 hours of usage) Cost of this usage* 
Electric shower 8000 40 £13.60 
Immersion heater 4000 20 £6.80 
Oven 3000 15 £5.10 
Tumble dryer 3000 15 £5.10 
Air conditioner 2000 10£3.40 
Hob 2000 10£3.40 
Kettle 2000 10£3.40 
Iron 1500 7.5£2.55 
Dishwasher 1300 6.5£2.21 
Hoover 1000 5£1.70 
Water pump 1000 5£1.70 
Washing machine 850 4.25£1.45 
Fridge 800 4£1.36 
Freezer 800 4£1.36 

*Based on Energy price Guarantee unit rates from 1 October 2022 to 1 April 2023: £0.34 per kWh.

According to a study by the Energy Saving Trust, the top energy-consuming home appliances include washing machines, dishwashers, and tumble dryers, accounting for 14% of an average energy bill. To save on costs, wash your clothes at lower temperatures and avoid half loads to save water. 

Fridges and freezers, which run continuously, make up about 13% of your energy bill. Investing in an energy-efficient model can lead to substantial savings. 

TVs are another noteworthy expense. Larger screens consume more energy, with an A-rated 60-inch TV costing around £39 per year to run, compared to £12 for a 32-inch equivalent. 

Tumble dryers are significant energy guzzlers, costing around 44p per load, resulting in over £45 in annual expenses. Opting for an A+++ energy-labelled model could save you around £370 over its 13-year lifespan. 

By being mindful of when you use your appliances and understanding the costs associated with common devices, you can take practical steps to reduce your electricity consumption and save money on your standard electricity bill. If you have one of our solar systems, we suggest using the most energy when the sun is shining, for even more savings. For more energy-saving ideas, check out the other articles on our blog. 

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