Which appliances consume the most electricity? - Today FM

Image audioImage Which appliances consume the most electricity? - Today FM

With the energy crisis ongoing, many of us are still looking for ways to save on our gas and electricity bills.

Head of Communications at bonkers.ie, Daragh Cassidy, appeared on Today FM’s Dermot and Dave show to discuss some easy ways you can use less electricity and save money, particularly in relation to appliances.

Listen back to the full interview above or check out the main points below. 

Key points from the interview

  • The fridge: The fridge runs 24/7, so it does use more electricity than you might think. It costs around €10 a month to run, and older fridges may cost more. That’s over €100 a year. 
    • Never put hot food into the fridge or freezer straight away, let it cool down.
    • For every 10-20 seconds the door is left open it takes the fridge 45 minutes to cool back down.
  • The tumble dryer: The dryer will cost around €1 an hour unless you have a NightSaver meter or a smart meter, which you can use at an off-peak rate.
    • Hang your clothes out on the washing line to dry.
    • Consider getting dryer balls, which can help separate the clothes to reduce drying time by 20-25%.
    • Don’t overload the dryer.
  • Showers: A five-minute electric shower at current prices is going to cost you around 25 cents. A shower a day for one person adds up to €8 a month. It does add up.
  • Turning off appliances: You should try turning appliances off on the wall, particularly if you’re going away for a few days. At night time you should unplug as many as you can as they can draw standby electricity, particularly the likes of laptops, desktops, gaming consoles, etc.
  • If you want to learn more about easy ways you can save electricity at home, take a look at this article on the topic.

Switch and save on your energy costs

Despite rising energy costs, switching is still the quickest and easiest way to reduce your gas and electricity costs. 

Right now you could save hundreds of euros on your annual bills just by switching supplier. Switching can easily be done online on bonkers.ie, using our free energy price comparison service.

Discover all you need to know about switching energy supplier in our Quickstart Guide and uncover more tips on reducing your energy bills in our article on 10 ways to heat your home for less.

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