AN APPLIANCE EXPERT has revealed the five kitchen electricals that are wasting lots of money – and how to fix it.
With energy bills soaring in the UK, many people want to save as much as possible on them.
Thankfully an appliance expert has revealed which ones are draining your money and how to fix it.
Your fridge freezer is guzzling up your money as it needs to be kept on all the time and there's no way to get around that.
However, there is a way you can cut costs down.
Claire Horne, an energy-saving expert from Kessler's told Metro: “The more products your fridge contains, the harder it needs to work in order to stay cool and work properly.
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"So begin by making sure you don't overload the fridge.
"Being mindful of what food you really need to buy not only helps you save money on your energy bill, but can also help save you money on your food shop."
However, your freezer being stocked up will actually help save you money as it doesn't have to work as hard to keep it cold.
Us Brits love a good cup of tea, but the kettle could be costing you more than it should.
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“Overfilling the kettle and leaving it on standby are two ways you might be wasting cash," Claire said.
Instead of filling the kettle up pour water into your cup and measure out how much you need before boiling it, so it doesn't take as long to boil.
If you fill it up all the way it could cost you 14p each time you boil it, which adds up over time.
You should also make sure to turn it off by the switch in between cups of tea to save the pennies.
A dishwasher costs on average 37p to run, reports the Express, to make the most of your money make sure you only turn it on once it it has a full load.
You can also turn the temperature down or put it on eco-mode to help reduce costs.
The extractor fan on your oven could be costing you more than you think – one money-saving tip is to run it for a few minutes after your done cooking, rather than during.
Make sure the filter is clean as well to optimise the energy being used by soaking it in soap and vinegar and drying off before reinstalling.
The oven is another kitchen appliance which uses up lots of money to run, and experts recommend using other methods to cook if you want to save money.
Ben Gallizzi, senior content editor at Uswitch said: “The microwave is generally the most efficient way to heat up and cook food – it’s always quicker and its smaller size (as opposed to the oven) means that the heat is more focused on whatever’s being cooked.”
Ben also suggested: “Slow cookers are also an energy-efficient cooking appliance – they use just a little more energy than a traditional light bulb, and you can leave your food to cook slowly throughout the day while you’re at work or when you need to get on with other things.”
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