Posted: Mon 1st May 2023

Cost of Living Crisis: Home appliance costs surge for UK families

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This article is old - Published: Monday, May 1st, 2023


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UK families are facing increased financial pressures as the cost of running household appliances has skyrocketed by 58% over the last 18 months, according to research by consumer champion Which?

This comes as a major blow during the ongoing cost of living crisis in the country.

Which? investigated the running costs of some of the most popular sizes and types of appliances, such as washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, fridge freezers, TVs, and ovens, using standard variable tariff rates from October 2021 to April 2023.

Their findings revealed a yearly cost increase from £283 to £447 for someone using a medium amount of energy.

The research follows the end of the UK government’s £400 energy discount on 1 April, which provided households with a £67 monthly top-up to help cover energy bills.

Which? has released the results of its lab tests along with advice on how to save money and use appliances more efficiently.

The study found that the average annual cost of running a 9kg capacity washing machine increased from £49 in October 2021 to £77.47 in April 2023.

Typical home appliance October 2021 April 2022 October 2022 April 2023
Washing machine £49 £65.34 £79.34 £77.47
Heat pump tumble dryer £43.95 £58.60 £71.16 £69.49
Dishwasher £60 £80.01 £97.15 £94.86
Fridge freezer £62.19 £82.93 £100.70 £98.33
TV £19.07 £25.42 £30.87 £30.15
Built-in oven £48.71 £64.95 £78.87 £77.02
Total £282.92 £377.25 £456.09 £447.32

To reduce costs, Which? suggests washing clothes at lower temperatures, as 30°C washes use 38% less energy than 40°C washes, and 20°C washes use 62% less energy.

The cost of running a 9kg heat pump tumble dryer increased from £43.95 in October 2021 to £69.49 in April 2023.

Despite higher upfront costs, heat pump tumble dryers are more energy-efficient and can be cheaper in the long run compared to condenser dryers.

Dishwasher running costs rose from £60 to £94.86 per year on average.

Using an energy-saving or eco program and ensuring the dishwasher is properly filled can help reduce energy consumption.

Built-in single electric ovens saw running costs rise from £48.71 to £77.02 per year.

To save energy, cooking in bulk, defrosting frozen food in advance, and using smaller appliances like air fryers or combi microwaves are recommended.

Fridge freezer running costs increased significantly, with integrated models now costing £139.90 per year, up from £62.19 in October 2021.

To improve efficiency, clean the condenser coils, replace damaged door seals, and let food cool completely before refrigerating.

TV running costs increased from £19.07 to £30.15 per year for a 40-43 inch model.

TVs are generally cheaper to run than other appliances, but larger models are more costly.

Emily Seymour, Which? Energy Editor, said:

“Our research shows running costs for common household appliances have risen by a huge amount – putting yet another dent in household finances when so many are feeling the pressures of the cost of living crisis.

“The good news is that there are things you can do to cut back on energy costs linked to these appliances and applying some or all of these tips could make a difference to your bills.”

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