Six household appliances ‘sucking up’ energy you should switch off to save cash

With energy prices soaring throughout the country and winter approaching, we could all use some

With energy prices soaring throughout the country and winter approaching, we could all use some tips on how to cut costs.

Suppliers have been increasing bills with others going bust, leaving many with bigger bills than expected.

But which household appliances use the most energy?

According to British Gas, there are certain appliance that cost more than others – and switching them off could save you some cash.

Research shows that switching certain appliances off for even a small amount of time can make a big difference to your energy bill.

Slashing some bills by more than a quarter.

Marc Robson, an energy expert at British Gas, describes these appliances as “vampire electrics” due to their ability to “suck up” vast amounts of energy.

Mr Robson said: “Almost a third of total heating costs in the home are wasted through the roof and the walls and with vampire appliances, this figure is almost half of our electricity bills on wasted energy.

“Just switching some of these off can really help save straight away and those with a smart meter will be able to see the impact of this in real-time.”

So, which household appliances suck up the most energy?

1. Leaving lights on when you are not in a room

We are all guilty at leaving lights on when we leave a room – or even when we leave the house.

Mr Roberson said remembering to switch lights off is one of the best ways to cut costs.

It may not seem like much, but leaving just one light on can add unnecessary costs to your monthly bills.

Mr Robson said: “Turn lights off when you leave a room.

“Energy-efficient lightbulbs will help with even further savings – you could save up to £40 a year.”

2. Don’t leave televisions and computers on standby

It might be habit to leave your TV on standby or even leave the television on the background as your drift off tot sleep.

But leaving devices on standby mode can really add to your monthly bills- this includes letting computers sit in ‘sleep mode’

Mr Robson added: “At night, or when not in use, try switching off devices at the mains rather than switching to standby.

“Even better, next time you buy a new product, select one that is listed as having low standby power usage.”

One way to make things easier for yourself is by purchasing an extension lead to plug all of your electronics into.

Mr Robson explained: “Add all electronics (computer, gaming console, Sky box, TV) to an extension lead and switch that off at night, this saves you the effort of turning them all off individually.”

3. Use a smart thermostat, rather than leaving the heating on

Heating is one of the most expensive parts of household costs.

As we enter winter months, we will be cranking up the radiators a lot more often and in turn using a lot more energy.

For this reason, Mr Robson says a smart thermostat can be helpful in controlling our heating costs.

He said: “Use a smart thermostat to help keep your room temperature as low as possible for as long as possible to avoid using the heating when you might not need it.

“You could save up to £75 using a smart thermostat and £60 by reducing the temperature by one degree.”

4. Unplug chargers when not in use

Leaving your phone charged plugged in with the switch on at the side of your bed or charging devices all night long could be increasing your costs.

It is not particularly energy efficient to leave things charging or plug switched on when not in use.

Instead, Mr Robson says “timing is anything” and you should keep an eye on battery levels and unplug devices as soon as they are fully charged.

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5. Don’t fill the kettle all the way up

Filling up the kettle for a quick cuppa can use a lot more energy than you may think.

If you have guests or a large family, of course you will need to fill up your kettle but if you are pouring just one morning coffee you should simply fill the kettle with the water you need.

6. Only use the dishwasher and washing machine when full

Sticking a wash on or turning on the dishwasher to keep on top of cleaning is pretty tempting.

But experts are urging people to only put these appliances on when full.

Half empty washing machines are not energy efficient and waiting until there is a full load could mean you save some cash.

Mr Robson recommends only putting on a laundry cycle or a dish wash when you have enough dirty items to fill the machine.

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