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Cost of living: Two of the most expensive household items to run in your home

The cost of living and energy crisis are hitting hard across the country as many struggle to pay their high bills, so finding ways to reduce or use and keep bills low is always welcome.

You can save hundreds each year by reducing usage time on the most energy-hungry and inefficient appliances in your home, but spotting the worst offenders can be tricky.

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The dryer is often cited as the most expensive electrical appliance in the home, but new stats from Energia reveal that it’s only third on the list, reports the Irish Mirror.

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The energy company has revealed the 20 appliances that cost you more than your electricity bills and released a list of its top tips for keeping those bills down this winter.

Energia experts calculated how much electricity each of the devices on the list used, and therefore what it would look like in terms of cost per hour of use.

Energia’s research results revealed that power showers were the least energy-efficient household items, with clothes dryers and plungers also topping the list.

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A power shower costs £2.90 for an hour’s operation, about twice the hourly rate for a drenching run (£1.40).

On the other end of the scale, you don’t have to feel guilty about watching some TV because watching a 42-inch LCD TV costs just £0.04.

The washing machine costs £0.40 an hour; The dishwasher is a bit more expensive at £0.60 an hour while mowing the lawn for an hour with a plug-in mower will set you back £0.50.

An air fryer is the cheapest way to cook at just £0.50 an hour while a conventional oven costs £0.58. Microwave £0.60 and toaster £0.62.

Helping billpayers keep costs down, Energia has released its top tips for winter.

Keep your oven off

When you open your oven door, about 20% of the heat is lost causing the oven to have to work to reheat, which is why experts advise looking through the glass door to check for food instead of constantly opening the oven door. If you put your food in the oven before turning it on, you can help reduce your energy consumption. Another helpful tip is to consider using a slow cooker or batch cooking. A six-hour slow cooker might cost you just 55 cents.

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Take advantage of the microwave and air fryer

Using a microwave consumes much less energy than a conventional oven. Microwave ovens only heat food, not the air around it. What would take 20 minutes to reheat in the oven for 0.21°C may take 10 minutes in the microwave for a cost of 0.10°C using the microwave.

Meanwhile, an hour’s use of an air fryer costs 55C while an hour’s use of an oven is 57C. However, using an air fryer for 15 minutes uses 40% less energy than using an oven for an hour.

This is because the smaller size of air fryers tends to increase airflow and heat your food faster than in an oven.

Watch your washer settings

Efficient settings in your washing machine can help you reduce energy consumption. Besides using the washer only when it’s full, setting the washer to 30 degrees or on the eco setting if available can use about 57% less electricity than washing at higher temperatures.

Less is more

To help keep the energy consumption of your fridge and freezer low since it averages less than 10% of your typical energy bill, stock only what you need in your fridge and freezer and complete your regular drains.

The less they are stored in the refrigerator or freezer, the less energy they use, so keeping them away from food items that do not require refrigeration can help.

Know your ratings

Do you know what your TV’s energy efficiency rating is? Appliances are rated on a scale from A to G. If you can, choose appliances that get as close to an A rating as possible to help keep power consumption down. Some appliances may use the old A+++ to G rating scale. On the old scale, A+++ is the most energy efficient.

Switch to LED lights

Switch to LED lights wherever possible. If you can’t swap them all out at once, the next time you blow one, keep the LED tip in mind. LED lights are often at least 80% more energy efficient and can last 10 years or more.

Watch how you make your coffee

If you have a coffee maker at home but still use the kettle constantly to make your morning cup of coffee, it might shock you to know that when it comes to making coffee, the average coffee maker consumes over 60% less energy per use. from boiling kettle.

Tumble dry control

If you have multiple loads of wet clothes, put similar pieces to dry together. Different materials require different settings. Generally, high heat is used for jeans, towels, and other heavy items. Medium heat can be used for synthetic materials such as polyester; And a low temperature for delicate things.

The dryer still consumes a lot of energy and an hour of drying will cost you €1.30. Dry similar types of clothes together to make it more time efficient. This may allow you to have one pregnancy of 60 minutes and one pregnancy of 120 minutes. It will cost 25% less than two charges of 120 minutes each. By properly managing your load, your energy use will be reduced but also your clothes should last longer.

The same applies to the dishwasher, by making sure it is full you will save yourself from having to run the appliance more than once.

Protect your home

This can be one of the most effective ways to reduce your energy use. By filling in any unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm air out, you’ll use less energy to heat your home, reduce your usage, and maintain comfort during the winter. These gaps could be under doors, your mailbox, window seals…

As every mummy knows – stop the dunking!

Immersion heating can cost you €1.67 an hour. By getting a meter, you can eliminate any energy waste. Having a timer can ensure that you have hot water when you need it. You can also conserve this hot water by using an insulator or a lag jacket when submerging.

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