On January 1st the electricity price rose from 27.35p/kWh to 29p/kWh; a 6% increase which over time will be significant to households across the country struggling to make ends meet. This means that since 2021, electricity prices have increased by 53.4%.
With electricity prices remaining high, the importance of energy-efficient appliances cannot be overstated. Here are four practical tips for households to help reduce electricity bills:
1. Know your home appliances and their energy efficiency ratings
Identify the electrical appliances that are regularly used in the home and find out their efficiency rating. If you don’t know, look up the model online to find out.
Many electrical appliances have a rating from A+++ to F. The A rated machines cost the least amount of money to run. This information will give you an idea of the electrical consumption per appliance and if the appliance can be used less often or be replaced with a more energy efficient model.
If the appliance does not have a rating, then take a look at the brand’s website to see if they have further information about the cost of running the product. Alternatively, all electric appliances will detail their wattage in a manual or user guide.
2. Unplug “vampire devices” to save £55 per year
Kettles, games consoles, printers and electric ovens are some of the worst devices to leave switched on. If possible, unplug these appliances after use. The Energy Saving Trust says that the average UK household spends £55 per year powering on-standby appliances.
Smart speakers, phone chargers, fridges, air purifiers and dehumidifiers are appliances that drain the least amount of energy.
3. Save money drying wet washing and protect the home
Dehumidifiers have proven to be exceptionally popular during the cost-of-living crisis as people discover how cost effective they are at drying washing indoors. 2023 has been one of the wettest on record and with such a wet autumn and winter it’s been challenging for households to dry laundry indoors.
With the new energy price increases the cost of drying a typical load of washing in a tumble dryer from £1.27 to £1.35. With an average UK usage of approximately 270 wash loads per year, this increase could result in as much as £20 extra for households annually.
An energy efficient Meaco dehumidifier will dry the same amount of washing for approximately 38p, an approximate saving of £1 every time. A dehumidifier with a laundry mode will switch itself off after a laundry cycle to save even more energy. It also protects the home, preventing mould related issues, stops damp smells and takes the chill out of the air.
From an efficiency perspective, not all dehumidifiers are the same. When looking at dehumidifiers, consumers should pay attention to both the electrical consumption figures and the length of warranty that comes with the appliance. A cheap dehumidifier might not be cheap in the long run if its costs more to run and doesn’t last as long.
Meaco is proud to have recently sold its one millionth dehumidifier which is a testament to the popularity of their pioneering approach in developing energy efficient, low noise dehumidifiers for the home.
4. Future proof against further prices rises by replacing inefficient appliances
Energy-efficient appliances may have a slightly higher upfront cost, but they can pay for themselves (and more) by saving you money in the long run. These appliances are designed to consume less energy without compromising on performance. Over time, the savings on your energy bills can offset the initial investment.
As electricity prices continue to fluctuate, investing in energy-efficient appliances is a way to future-proof your home. These appliances are designed to meet or exceed the latest energy efficiency standards, ensuring they remain cost-effective as electricity prices change.
Reducing energy consumption isn’t just about saving money; it’s also about reducing your carbon footprint. Energy-efficient appliances contribute less to greenhouse gas emissions, helping combat climate change.
Established in 1991 Meaco is a leading air purification specialist with products including award-winning dehumidifiers, cooling fans, air purifiers, portable air conditioners and humidifiers. Meaco is a winner of multiple Which? Best Buy and Good Housekeeping Institute Tried and Tested Awards, and has achieved the Quiet Mark status for a number of products. It has also won an award from Stiftung Warentest in Germany for its 1056 and 1056P fans. Its dehumidifiers are the most awarded in Britain.