Can you save money turning the light off? Take our quiz

By the time you leave the house in the morning, after your coffee and toast, watching the news on television and charging your phone, how much do you think you’ve spent on electricity?

What about after a week of the same routine, or even throughout the whole year? 

The price you pay all depends on the kind of appliance you’re using, how often and the amount of energy it uses.

But with energy bills on the rise and the big suppliers hiking costs already this year, it may be possible to cut costs by making a few changes.

Just how much does it cost to use your coffee machine every day for 30 minutes?

To work out how much money your household appliances are costing you, you need to know how much energy they use, which you can find out from the ‘wattage’ or number of watts.

This is the average amount of power something needs to operate and typically smaller appliances – such as a kettle or a router – would use far less energy than larger items, such as a fridge or tumble dryer.

But could turning a light bulb off early, or using the tumble dryer a little less really make a difference to your overall energy bills?

Energy costs have risen across the board this year and all of the Big Six providers have pushed up prices – with the last of 12.5 per cent from British Gas coming into force last week.

If you have a standard variable tariff the annual cost will have gone up as the price you pay for energy is not set. 

While if you have a fixed-rate energy tariff the amount you pay per unit of energy won’t change during the length of the contract therefore the amount you pay will then depend on how much energy you are using.


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We took 10 common household appliances and calculated how much they would cost on average every year.

The prices vary depending on what the appliance is, how long it’s being used for and the type of model you have – if you have a basic TV, for example, it’ll use a lot less energy than a top-of-the-range model.

In all cases the price is an average, so it would vary depending on your own circumstances. 

If your appliance is energy efficient, for example, it will usually cost a lot less to run.

We also worked out an average for daily usage, but obviously this will change depending on the household and could be higher or lower depending on your individual usage, and the price seen is just while the item is being used – and doesn’t account for if you’ve left something on standby and not actually turned it off.

Here are the 10 questions to get stuck into, good luck and let us know how well you’ve done in the comments section.

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To calculate the cost, we used the Energy Use Calculator which looks at the number of watts an appliance uses, price per kilowatt hour and number of hours it is being used.

The price for the kilowatt hour is set at £0.10 so if you want to get a more accurate reading you can enter the exact amount you pay for electricity, which will be shown on your energy bill. 

Alternatively if you have a smart meter you can easily see how much energy your using around the home when you have appliances on and off. 

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Energy firms are constantly battling to pinch customers from each other.

Shrewd consumers can take advantage of this by reviewing deals every year to ensure they are on the cheapest deal. 

Even moving every other year will save you significant amounts.

If you are one of the millions of people who have NEVER switched (i.e. stuck with your original supplier), then you should save a big chunk of cash. 

A tenth of switchers saved £616 in the first half of 2016, according to energyhelpline. 

You only need to be interested in the tariff that is going to be cheapest where you live, so do your own postcode comparison in minutes using the tool above – or here – to find the best price.

Read more about other quick tricks to make sure you are getting the best deal on your household bills here