The top five energy guzzling gadgets
Homes across the UK could save a collective £600 million a year on their energy bills by switching off electronic gadgets, according to new data.
But that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your modern home comforts. We’ve pulled together some tips for using your favourite gadgets and gizmos in more energy efficient ways.
Plasma TV, £98 a year
The most power-hungry gadget of them all, the plasma TV guzzles 658 kWh per year (as opposed to LED TVs, which are more energy efficient). You can save money on your energy bills by using an energy saving mode, adjusting the brightness and turning your TV off rather than using standby.
Fridge Freezer, £62 a year
You can make your fridge-freezer more energy-efficient by defrosting it regularly and keeping it well stocked (but not overcrowded). You don’t need to buy extra food to keep your fridge-freezer fully stocked – ice trays are great for filling up gaps.
Tumble Dryer, £57 a year
A tumble dryer can add £57 a year onto your energy bill and a combined washer-drier can clock your energy bill up by £81 a year. You can improve your dryer’s energy efficiency by only washing full loads and by using a lower heat setting. Win win.
Electric cooker, £46 a year
Your electric hob can be slow to heat and costly to run, so it’s worth making the most of its ‘on’ time by cooking several meals at once (so it doesn’t waste so much energy heating up and cooling down) and freezing some meals for later. The microwave is a more energy-efficient alternative.
Dishwasher, £42 a year
A full-size dishwasher uses a whopping 294 kWh in energy a year. You can save energy by always making sure your dishwasher is completely full before you power it up and by washing small, easy items by hand.
At First Utility, we believe in spending less on what you need (like gas and electricity) and more on what you want (like the latest gizmos and gadgets). We do this by giving you the insights you need to save energy without sacrifice. Our ‘MyEnergy’ tools – available via your online account – pinpoint how much energy you’re using over time, how much you’re likely to use in the future and how your usage compares to that of your neighbours. Just hop onto our website, log into your online account and hit the ‘My Energy’ button at the top of the page.
*All figures by the University of Cambridge and the Energy Saving Trust.
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