How much does energy cost per hour?

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By in Bills & Utilities, Student Accommodation. Updated January 2017.

Ever wondered how much your daily shower is costing you, or if watching hours of TV really makes a difference to your bill? We’ve got the figures!billsOh, energy bills. They always seem to appear through the letter box at the worst of times and strike you when you’re down (aka freezing cold). And the worst bit is, you can’t do anything to avoid them.

Yet while we can’t batter your bills into non-existence, what we can do is help to explain the seemingly random amounts you’re charged each month.

From your laptop to your mobile phone, we’ve worked out how much energy all of your appliances gobble up, so you know where to cut back, and where you can perhaps afford to be a bit more liberal.

How much do electrical appliances cost?

gas-electricIf you’re keen to work out how to knock the cash equivalent of a good night out (or five) off your energy bills, then the first step is to work out what you use personally each day, then apply this to our table below.

Please note that these figures are based on just one person or one appliance. If you’re in a house of six, you’ll all be wanting a daily shower (we hope) and probably have your own laptop and phone charger.

ApplianceOn (Watts)Cost per hour (On)Average Cost Per Year
Energy Saving Lightbulb11£0.003£2.49
TV115£0.018£19.32
DVD Recorder17£0.002£3.69
Digital Box6£0.001£4.12
Laptop75£0.011£34.25
Kettle1,800£0.269£25.80
Mobile Charger5£0.001£5.22
Shower9,500£1.42£86.38
Tumble Dryer2,400£0.357£85.80
Fridge35£0.005£51.48
Washing Machine700£0.104£75.12
Total14,664£2.19£393.67

This table was calculated using energy values from the Energy Saving Trust in 2014, but figures will still be pretty accurate today. The wattage stated for appliances is also taken from an average. While great care has been taken to produce these calculations, they may not be 100% accurate and should be taken as a rough guide. Check your appliances and tariff with your energy supplier.

Leaving your stuff on standby is a surefire way to hit your wallet hard. If you left the appliances above on standby for 18 hours everyday, you’re adding more than £30 to your annual energy bills.

If you’re looking to save cash, there are loads of other ways to cut back too, so make sure to check our top tips to save on energy bills and don’t forget to compare tariffs (and change supplier if you’re not happy!).

With a bit of jiggery-pokery you can save in excess of £170 a year by switching. Just think how useful that money will be next time you’re counting down the days until your student loan arrives.

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