5 of The Worst Energy-Guzzling Kitchen Appliances

5 of The Worst Energy-Guzzling Kitchen Appliances
5 of The Worst Energy-Guzzling Kitchen Appliances

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Cooking appliances, kettles and extractor fans are among some of the worst energy-guzzling kitchen appliances, new research has found.

With the energy price cap rising by 54% since the start of April, Claire Horne from Kesseler has revealed the five often overlooked appliances that could increase your bills. If you’re looking for some clever ways to save money, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of ways you can reduce your energy consumption and ultimately lower your energy bills.

Keep reading for everything you need to know…

1.Fridge and freezer

5 of The Worst Energy-Guzzling Kitchen Appliances

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Did you know that around 12% of the average household’s energy bill is caused by the fridge and freezer? While you may think there isn’t much you can do about the energy that your fridge consumes, the way in which you use it can actually help reduce the amount of power that it uses.

“Firstly, the more products it contains, the harder it needs to work in order to stay cool and work properly, so begin by making sure you do not overload the fridge,” Claire tells The Metro.

If you’re mindful about what food you really need to buy, not only does it help you save money on your energy bill but it can also help you save when it comes to your food shop too.

“Another way to help keep your fridge running efficiently is to make sure you defrost it regularly. Even just one quarter of an inch can reduce the efficiency of a freezer by 10%. So make sure all built up ice is removed.”


If you hate cleaning your oven this be hard to hear, but a dirty oven can use up more energy might when you cook than a clean one. And Claire says that this can add up to £30 a year to your energy bill.

“If your oven is considerably clean yet you notice it isn’t working as efficiently as it should be, then you may need to consider an oven repair or replacement. Buying a new, energy-efficient oven can help reduce future bills by as much as 40%, depending on what type of oven you opt for.”

An easy and maintainable tip would be to turn off your oven around five minutes before you have finished cooking but make sure to leave the oven door shut during this time. The oven will continue to stay warm, so your food will still be cooked completely. But doing this every time that you cook something in the oven can considerably lower your energy bill.

3.Electric lifted

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If you have an electric hob, instead of a gas hob, you could be spending £90 a year simply by using your hobs alone. As electric hobs take longer to heat up than a gas hob, which provides instant heat, electric hobs can be one of the biggest energy consumers in your kitchen.

“The average cost of an electric hob will increase the older the hob gets or if the hob becomes damaged and dirty, so maintenance is crucial to keep it running as efficiently as possible,” Claire confirms.

“The electric hob’s energy use can also be impacted by the size of the pans used. It’s a myth that using a smaller pan on a bigger hob will make the pan heat up quicker, instead it will simply waste more energy. Instead, make sure you use the correct sized pan for each ring.”

When it comes to using the hob, be mindful of what you are using it to do. If you simply need to heat up some leftovers, try to avoid using the hob and instead use the microwave. This appliance, in comparison, is the most energy-efficient way to cook. If you use a microwave for 10 minutes per day, it will only cost you £3 a year on your bills.

4. Extractor fan

Even though this is a necessity in the kitchen, if an extractor fan is not used correctly it can add up when it comes to your energy bill.

To make sure that you are using your extractor fan properly, Claire recommends turning it on when you start cooking but only keeping it running for 5-10 minutes after you finish. This should be more than enough time to remove any smells or fumes from the air.

“If after doing this you notice your fan isn’t working as efficiently as it should, then the best thing to do is hire an engineer to take a look,” she adds. “An inefficient extractor fan will encourage users to keep it on for longer, which can potentially add up to £20 per year to your bill.”

5. Kettle

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We may love nothing more than a good cup of tea, but filling your kettle up to the maximum amount can actually be a costly habit.

“Research shows that boiling your full kettle just four times a day can add £60 to your energy bill. Being mindful with how much water you really need means less electricity waste and can help save water too,” Claire explains.

Not switching your kettle off at the mains can also add £10 to your annual energy bill as electricity will continue to flow through to it. Avoid this unnecessary expense simply by switching off the kettle at the plug whenever it isn’t in use.

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