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Living with higher energy costs

We’re all trying to manage how to live with using less energy. See below for details of help available and practical ideas to cut down your energy usage

Cost of Living energy

Managing with less energy

Most of us have a fair idea of which household appliances are the most power-hungry. But looking at the cost of bad habits (using the oven to bake a potato, boiling a full kettle for one cup of tea, etc) and how those costs mount up over time can be useful in motivating us to make small changes that we haven’t bothered about in the past.

There’s no shortage of advice available. Home energy Scotland is a great place to start if you’re looking for a full guide to saving energy in the home. The table below gives you an idea of the cost of running common appliances. Costs are calculated using current energy prices for Southern Scotland.

Electric Appliance Per minute (pence)
Oven 1.00
Hob (per ring) 0.69
Microwave 0.45
Slow cooker 0.10
Airfryer 0.64
Kettle 1.26
Dishwasher 0.82
Washing machine 0.41
Tumble dryer 2.28
Electric blanket 0.18
Electric shower 4.11

These figures seem very small – most being less than a penny a minute. It’s only when we start thinking through how the costs add up over time that we can see where savings could be made. For example:

Scenarios for a two-person household:

  Showering Cost per month Cost per year
Option 1 Two householders each shower once a day for 10 minutes £25 £300
Option 2 Two householders each shower once a day for 10 minutes £10 £120
  Two loads of Laundry per week Cost per month Cost per year
Option 1 Wash & condenser tumble dry 8.07 96.88
Option 2 Wash and line dry 2.14 25.65
  Making a one pot casserole twice a week Cost per month Cost per year
Option 1 Using an electric oven (cooking for 1.5 hrs) £7.84 £94.04
Option 2 Using a slow cooker (cooking for 7 hrs) £3.74 £44.84

This two-person household could save over £300 per year just by following option 2 instead of option 1 in the three scenarios above.

Making comparisons like these ones gives you an idea of how changing your habits could start to make a real difference to your energy usage and your bills.

Page last updated:
08 Nov 2023

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