Do you know how much using your kettle, washing machine and other household appliances is really costing you? We breakdown the figures as gas and electricity bills continue to rise across the UK
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The UK is in the middle of an energy crisis with millions of families facing more expensive gas and electricity bills.
The energy price cap – the maximum amount suppliers can charge – has just shot up, meaning a rise in energy bills for 15million households.
The price of gas, which is at record highs, is being blamed as nine energy firms went bust last month, affecting around 1.7million customers.
Igloo Energy, Symbio Energy and ENSTROGA all ceased trading last week after six other firms all collapsed earlier in September.
Green and Avro Energy were the next to go under, both collapsing on September 22.
But do you know how much using your kettle, washing machine and other household appliances is really costing you?
We spoke to energy experts at Uswitch to get a breakdown.
Their calculations are based on data from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the average cost for standard electricity at 17.2p/kWh.
You should note that your energy costs can vary greatly depending on where you live and your individual usage.
If your appliance has a higher or lower power rating then that will also affect your energy costs.
A kilowatt is simply a measure of how much power an electric appliance consumes.
Kettle: A standard 3kW kettle costs around 9p if in use for 10 minutes.
This means if you filled up your kettle for just one cup of tea, you’d use around 1p worth of energy.
Energy experts say filling the kettle up with only what you need is the best way to keep costs down.
Toaster: A toaster with a 1kW power rating costs around 3p to use every 10 minutes.
So the darker you like your bread, the more energy – and money – you’ll use by keeping the toaster going.
Washing machine: Washing your clothes in a 2.1kW machine will cost around 6p for 10 minutes of use.
For a 30-minute wash, you’ll be spending around 18p, or 36p for an hour.
Hotter washes will use more energy so keeping it down to 30° will save you cash in the long run.
Dishwasher: Using a dishwasher with a power rating of 1.275kW will rack up energy costs of around 22p an hour.
Whether washing plates by hand compared to using a dishwasher is debatable as it depends on several factors.
For example, it can be cheaper to use a dishwasher if you wait until you have a full load and if you’re prone to keeping the tap running when washing by hand.
Fridge: Your fridge (0.3kW) is probably using around 0.2p of energy every hour, according to Uswitch.
This means over the day, you’ll likely be using 4.8p of energy.
As you need to keep the fridge on all day, the only way to keep costs down really is by investing in the cheap running appliance.
TV (LCD): Watching a 0.18kW LCD television is likely costing you around 3p an hour.
To save cash, watch less and make sure you turn off your television at the plug when you’re not using it.
Shower: An 8.5kW shower is one of the biggest energy guzzlers in our breakdown by Uswitch, costing 24p for just 10 minutes of use.
You can keep costs down by reducing your shower time or investing in energy-saving devices.
For example, you can buy special shower heads that regulate your water use.
Oven: When it comes to dinner time, an oven with 2.1kW of power will typically use 36p of energy per hour.
Uswitch says the microwave is generally the most efficient way to heat up and cook food but always check on the packaging if you’re able to cook food this way.