How Much Does It Cost To Run Electrical Items in My Home?
One of the things prompting this question has been our recent heatwave. Record breaking warm spells, not just driving people outside to the beaches and pools, but also to the shops to buy fans and air conditioning units.
As Peter Kay once said, “I like it warm, but not this warm”, or something like that.
As the weather changes and gets warmer you see everyone getting outside, looking like they are on their holidays, and the main topic of conversation is of course, the weather.
So how much does it cost to run a fan all night to cool us down and let us get a comfortable night’s sleep when it is warm?
Beside the cost of the fan, the cost on average is 7.2p for 8 hours of run time.
Which on its own doesn’t seem like much to pay for a good night’s sleep. However, all our little electronics running here and there can add-up.
If your average monthly electric bill is £50 or more, that is £300 a year, or more.
And it can add-up even more depending on which utility provider you have, and if you have a pre-paid electricity meter. Pre-paid meters tend to have a higher tariff than those who pay their utility bills on a monthly tariff.
Average Costs per year:
TV (LCD flat screen): £29
TV (plasma): £95
Vacuum cleaner: £2.60
Desk computer: £24
Hair dyer: £3
Hair straighteners: £1
As you can see, it all adds up.
So how can you save money on your electrical bill?
Switch suppliers: Shopping around and switching suppliers can save you money. It may take a little time on your part, but it can be worth it.
There are some companies that will find the best deal for you based upon your usage and advise you who to switch to.
Smart meters: For some the use of smart meters and monitoring what electrical items are running and their costs can save us money, as we are more aware of what is running and its costs.
Energy efficient appliances: When the time comes to buy a new fridge, hoover, kettle, etc, look at the energy ratings. It is more costly to buy more efficient appliances, but you can work it out saving you money down the road.
Turn it off: If you are not using something electrical, unplug it and turn the outlet off. Outlets left in on mode may only use a small amount of electricity, but it all adds up.