10 expensive home appliances that consume the most energy

The cost of living is increasing like never before. On Friday (April 1), energy tariffs increased hugely with some bills expected to rise by 54%.

Homeowners were advised to take meter readings on Thursday (March 31) before the Ofgem price cap rise kicked in. The day was dubbed ‘national meter reading day’ in the UK.

However, energy prices aren’t the only cost of living increases people and businesses are set to incur. From today, VAT will rise back to 20% after dropping to 12.5% due to the Covid pandemic. Industry experts such as Weatherspoons founder Tim Martin said customer prices would now increase ‘significantly’.

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Elsewhere, business rates are going back up following previous tax breaks in England, again, due to the pandemic. While workers and companies will all pay 1.25p more in the pound towards National Insurance contributions from Tuesday (April 6) as a means of extra revenues for the NHS, health and social care.

With all this cost increases in mind, it’s worth thinking about the many appliances we run at home perhaps without even thinking about the amount of energy and money they consume. Below is a list of the top 10 home appliances that are the most expensive to run according to data from Carbon Footprint.



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The list includes everyday household items, not heating. The price shows the average yearly running costs and in brackets is the assumed amount of watts (W) or kilowatts (kW) used (either per year or use) for each item. It is worth noting however, that the figures are based on average use. The amount can change if you use an appliance significantly more or less.

  1. Plasma TV – £62.61 (263.9W per year)
  2. LCD TV – £50.08 (211.1kW per year)

  3. Fridge freezer – £40.80 (480Kw per year)

  4. Tumble dryer – £37 (2.5kW per cycle)

  5. Electric hob – £30.10 (0.71kW per use)

  6. Electric oven – £21.08 (1.56kW per use)

  7. Dishwasher at 65C – £19.44 (1.44kW per use)

  8. Kettle – £16.90 (0.11kW per use with one litre of water)

  9. Standard bulb light – £14.60 (100W per year)

  10. Gas hob – £14.12 (0.9kW per use)

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