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How much does energy cost per hour?

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!

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Oh, energy bills. They always seem to appear through the letterbox 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.

While we can't batter your bills into non-existence, we can help to explain the seemingly random amounts you're charged each month.

From your laptop and mobile phone to your fridge and tumble dryer, 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.

The figure we used to calculate the prices is based on the electricity price cap from April 2022, and the wattage for each appliance is taken from an average.

How much do electrical appliances cost to use?

AppliancePower usage (Watts)Cost per hourHours used per dayCost per month
Energy Saving Lightbulb11£0.0035£0.46
Digital Box6£0.0023£0.15
Mobile Charger5£0.0018£0.33
Washing Machine700£0.1960.35***£2.10
Tumble Dryer2,400£0.6720.15***£3.07

* Average of using the kettle three times per day
** Average of a 10-minute shower per day
*** One wash load per week (2.5 hours for washing machine, 45 minutes for tumble dryer).

If 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 above.

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.

Obviously, there are a lot of other electrical appliances that we haven't included in our list that you'll also have to pay for when you use them. On top of that, there is a daily standing charge added to your energy bills.

Leaving your stuff on standby is a surefire way to hit your wallet hard – the costs can add up quickly! There's no benefit you get from leaving any appliances on when you're not using them, and turning them off is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint.

If you're looking to save cash, there are loads of other ways to cut back, so make sure to check our top tips to save on energy bills. Usually, it's also a good idea to compare tariffs (and change supplier if you're not happy!), but while the majority of providers are charging the price cap, it's very difficult to switch to a cheaper deal.

Not sure if you're paying the best prices for your energy? We've compared the cheapest energy providers for you.


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