As our bills continue to spike and household costs soar, understanding how we use our household appliances – and how much this costs us – is essential. Changing how, when and how often we use them could make a significant difference to the bills at the end of the month.
Of course, there are appliances we can’t simply unplug and use less, such as the fridge and freezer, but we can be more savvy with our usage and perhaps more economical with use of things like the dryer, hot water heating, and household electronics.
Forget plugging your phone in to charge overnight and instead just have leave it for the hour or two it actually needs and then unplug. Similarly, don’t leave the fridge or freezer door open for too long – grab what you need and close the door immediately. Teach your family not to ‘browse’. According to the SEAI, for every 10-20 seconds the door is open it takes 45 minutes for the fridge to cool down to its original temperature.
Download our cheat sheet to the cost of household appliances and electronics so you can keep track of where your biggest costs are, and hopefully make some cost-saving changes.