Household appliances can be expensive to run, especially the tumble dryer. According to Uswitch, a tumble dryer could cost more than £1 per cycle, compared to the kettle which costs around 1p per minute to run. To help households save as much money as possible, an expert has shared how running appliances at “certain times” of the day could save on bills.
David Miloshev, a certified electrician at Fantastic Services, explained: “In the current complex energy environment, you may have noticed that your bills have gone up, and you’d probably want to focus on staying within your budget.
“Using your household appliances only at certain times of the day can greatly cut your energy bills.
“There are special tariffs where you pay a cheaper price for energy at night than during the day, called time of use tariffs, or Economy 7 or 10 tariffs.”
Exactly when households should run their appliances at night will vary depending on when their suppliers’ off-peak hours are which should be in the contract.
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The expert also recommended cleaning out the oven every two to three months, or at least twice a year. According to the expert, failing to do so can result in poor performance, increased electricity bills and costly repairs.
A dirty oven may also take more time to heat up, which means it’ll be consuming extra electricity in the process.
This also applies to other household appliances as well because regular maintenance is important to keep them functioning properly and extend their lifetime.
The expert continued: “Besides using your household appliances during the right times and cleaning them properly, setting the temperature in your house a few degrees lower during certain periods of the day can also show a change in your bills.
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“They can go around 10 to 12 percent down a year if you run your heating system just five to 10 degrees lower at night or when you’re not at home.
“If you think you might forget to do it, there are automatic smart devices on the market. They record your heating consumption in real-time and track your temperature preferences, using the data to optimise your heating and cooling schedule.
“Also shut off the doors of unused rooms. You won’t be heating extra space, and the one you’re using will get warmer quicker, using less energy.”
According to Thomas Goodman at MyJobQuote.co.uk, the UK’s leading trades matching site, the tumble dryer is the one appliance which uses the most energy in the home.
The expert said: “The tumble dryer is one of the most energy-guzzling appliances in the home. If you want to save money during the winter, it could be worth purchasing a clothes airer to dry your clothes on.
“This will save a significant amount of energy. However, it’s important that if you do use an airer, you will need to put it in a room with plenty of ventilation or where you can have the window open to prevent dampness.”
However, it is the boiler which is the most expensive appliance in the home. Households can reduce their boiler’s energy usage by turning the thermostat down slightly for heating and hot water.
Thomas recommended making the use of blankets and wearing an extra jacket if Britons are looking to save energy.