How can I reduce domestic Electricity Bills

Summary of electricity price rises 2005

Supplier % Increase £ Increase
2004 2005 Total 2004 2005 Total
British Gas 16% 14% 32% £ 39 £ 40 £ 78
Powergen 17% 8% 26% £ 41 £ 22 £ 63
npower 14% N/A 14% £ 34 N/A £ 34
Scottish & Southern 5% 6% 11% £ 16 £ 13 £ 29
EDF Energy 11% 20% 33% £ 27 £ 48 £ 75
ScottishPower 15% N/A 15% £ 38 N/A £ 38

What does each appliance cost

List of Appliances By Room or Type Average Wattage Monthly Hours of Use Monthly kWh Approximate Cost per Month(£ 0.075 per kWh)

Kitchen

Barbecue Grill 1350 5 - 10 7 - 14 £0.53 - £1.05
Carving Knife 90 1 - 2 .1 - .2 £0.01 - £0.02
Coffee Maker 900 4 - 30 4 - 27 £0.30 - £2.03
Deep Fat Fryer 1500 5 - 10 8 - 15 £0.60 - £1.13
Dishwasher (Electric Hot Water) 1300 8 - 40 20 - 102 £1.50 - £7.65
Dishwasher (Non-Electric Hot Water)** 1300 8 - 40 3 - 16 £0.23 - £1.20
Food Blender 390 3 - 5 1 - 2 £0.08 - £0.15
Food Freezer (15 Cubic Feet) 335 180 - 420 60 - 140 £4.50 - £10.50
Food Mixer (Hand & Table) 100 1 - 5 .1 - .5 £0.01 - £0.04
Frying Pan 1150 10 - 20 12 - 23 £0.90 - £1.73
Hot Plate 1320 2 - 6 3 - 8 £0.23 - £0.60
Kettle 1500 1 - 10 1 - 15 £0.08 - £1.13
Microwave Oven 1000 5 - 30 5 - 30 £0.38 - £2.25
Range Cooker 12500 10 - 50 125 - 625 £9.38 - £46.88
Range (Self Cleaning Cycle Only) 3200 0.5 - 1.5 2 - 5 £0.15 - £0.38
Refrigerator-Freezer Frost Free-17 Cu. Ft. 500 150 - 300 75 - 150 £5.63 - £11.25
Refrigerator-Non Frost Free-13 Cu. Ft 300 190 - 300 56 - 90 £4.20 - £6.75
Toaster 1150 1 - 3.5 1 - 4 £0.08 - £0.30

Lighting

Heat Lamp (Infrared) 250 2 - 4 .5 - 1 £0.04 - £0.08
60 Watt Incandescent Lamp 60 17 - 200 1 - 12 £0.08 - £0.90
Compact Fluorescent-60 Watt Equivalent 18 17 - 200 .3 - 3.6 £0.02 - £0.27
Ceiling Fixture - 3 X 60 Watt Bulbs 180 6 - 195 2 - 35 £0.15 - £2.63
Tri-Light (Table Lamp) 100 10 - 200 1 - 20 £0.08 - £1.50
Chandelier - 5 Lamp 300 10 - 183 3 - 55 £0.23 - £4.13
Fluorescent - 2 Tubes X 4 Feet 100 10 - 200 1 - 20 £0.08 - £1.50
Sun Lamp 280 1 - 4 .28 - 1 £0.02 - £0.08

Bedroom & Bathroom

Electric Blanket 180 30 - 90 5 - 16 £0.38 - £1.20
Hair Dryer (Portable) 1000 1 - 10 1 - 10 £0.08 - £0.75
Heating Pad 65 15 - 30 1 - 2 £0.08 - £0.15
Shaver 15 3 - 5 .05 - .08 £0.00 - £0.01
Toothbrush 10 1 - 2 .01 - .02 £0.00

Laundry Room

Tumble Dryer 5000 6 - 28 30 - 140 £2.25 - £10.50
Washer (Electric Hot Water) 500 7 - 40 33 - 196 £2.48 - £14.70
Washer (Non Electric Hot Water) 500 7 - 40 3 - 16 £0.23 - £1.20
Iron 1000 1 - 10 1 - 10 £0.08 - £0.75
Sewing Machine 75 4 - 14 .3 - 1 £0.02 - £0.08

Home Entertainment

Computer - Monitor & Printer 200 25 - 160 5 - 32 £0.38 - £2.40
Stereo 30 1 - 170 .03 - 5.1 £0.00 - £0.38
Television 80 60 - 440 5 - 35 £0.38 - £2.63
Video Cassette Recorder 40 50 - 200 1 - 8 £0.08 - £0.60

Heating and Cooling

Air Cleaner (Room & Furnace)* 40 250 - 720 10 - 29 £0.75 - £2.18
Air Conditioner (Room) 6,000 BTU* 750 120 - 720 90 - 540 £6.75 - £40.50
Air Conditioner (Room) 9,000 BTU* 1050 120 - 720 126 - 756 £9.45 - £56.70
Air Conditioner (Central) 2.5 Tons* 3500 240 - 860 850 - 3000 £63.75 - £225.00
Dehumidifier 350 120 - 720 42 - 252 £3.15 - £18.90
Electric Heater (Portable) 1000 30 - 90 30 - 90 £2.25 - £6.75
Fan (Portable) 115 18 - 52 2 - 6 £0.15 - £0.45
Furnace Fan Motor (Intermittent) 350 160 - 415 56 - 145 £4.20 - £10.88
Furnace Fan Motor (Continuous) 350 720 252 £18.90
Heat Exchange / HRV's 125 300 - 720 37 - 150 £2.78 - £11.25
Humidifier (Portable) 100 80 - 540 8 - 54 £0.60 - £4.05
Oil Furnace (Burner) 260 96 - 288 25 - 75 £1.88 - £5.63

Water Heating

Water Heater - Typical Family of 4 3800 98 - 138 375 - 525 £28.13 - £39.38
Water Heater - Typical Family of 2 3800 66 - 92 250 - 350 £18.75 - £26.25

Indoor - Miscellaneous

Ceiling Fan 60 15 - 330 1 - 20 £0.08 - £1.50
Clock 5 720 4 £0.30
Drill 300 3 - 7 1 - 2 £0.08 - £0.15
Floor Polisher 300 3 - 7 1 - 2 £0.08 - £0.15
Power Saw 275 2 - 4 .6 - 1 £0.05 - £0.08
Vacuum Cleaner (Portable) 800 2 - 6 2 - 5 £0.15 - £0.38
Vacuum Cleaner (Central) 1600 2 - 6 4 - 10 £0.30 - £0.75
How to Determine the Cost of Running Appliances Using This Chart
Wattage X hours used divided by 1,000 = kiloWatt hours
kiloWatt hours X cost per kilowatt hour (i.e. £0.075) = cost to operate

* per season

** add the cost from non-electric water heater

Simple steps for reduction

Cooking

Refrigerator / Freezer

Lighting