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what are the most expensive things in the house to run?

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ssd Tue 04-Dec-12 20:12:39

we have a tumble drier but never use it as I feel its too expensive to run

what things cost a lot to run then?

ssd Tue 04-Dec-12 20:18:25

is a dishwasher expensive to use every day, isn't it cheaper than washing 3 lots of dishes in a basin every day?

SavoyCabbage Tue 04-Dec-12 20:20:32

I thought dishwashers were cheaper than well, not using one. I suppose it depends on the dishwasher.

nocake Tue 04-Dec-12 20:22:29

I think modern dishwashers cost about 15p to run a standard cycle, not including detergent. They use less water than washing up the same amount by hand.

3b1g Tue 04-Dec-12 20:23:09


3b1g Tue 04-Dec-12 20:23:53

Oops, sorry, just read the thread properly. I'll just get my coat.

Asinine Tue 04-Dec-12 20:24:35




Asinine Tue 04-Dec-12 20:25:39

Me too


Irons are very very expensive to run. A serious waste of time money.

DowntonSprouts Tue 04-Dec-12 20:28:21

The kettle and a fan oven.

Anything that creates heat really. Heat is expensive.

nickelbabylyinginamanger Tue 04-Dec-12 20:28:24

the fridge is the most expensive thing to run.
but if you're talking don't-need items then dishwasher, tumble drier, boil washes on washing machine, immersion heaters, electric heaters

ssd Tue 04-Dec-12 20:28:54

dont feel so bad about the dishwasher now, I waited 13 yrs to get one and I bloody love it

apart from teenagers and tumble driers, what else costs a lot?

ssd Tue 04-Dec-12 20:30:00

fridge and freezer a necessity

blondiedollface Tue 04-Dec-12 20:32:23

Cooking for us uses a lot of energy, as does boiling the kettle - we've replaced all bulbs in our house with energy saving ones and that is honestly saving us the MOST money of all as lights are probably the most frequently used energy consumer in any house!

GoldPlatedNineDoors Tue 04-Dec-12 20:34:35

Those little electric fan heaters. Might as well burn cash for the ratio.of cost to warmth.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 04-Dec-12 20:41:45

Hot water tanks.


Quick washes in wm/dw. Eco all the way

Tumble drier

Ovens. Slow cookers are fab.

Halogen lamps.

ssd Tue 04-Dec-12 20:45:18

oh didnt know quick washes are dear, though they 'd be less cash as not on for long? what is eco, is that less water or not as hot?

timetosmile Tue 04-Dec-12 20:48:01

Before you all get rid of your expensive to run tumble driers.....drying very damp, or large quantities of laundry indoors without adequate ventilation i.e.a window pretty wide open in that room, can lead to hugely expensive problems with condensation and damp in lofts.
So on can't-dry-outdoors days I do use mine even though I know its expensive.

Having the heating on too high, or having the hot water thermostat to high is unseen but v expensive.

Mandy2003 Tue 04-Dec-12 21:17:17

Friends of mine recently got one of those huge side by side with ice cube maker American style fridges.

Then he swapped his 50 inch TV for a 65 inch one that someone found too big for them.

Their electricity bill is now immense!

Doinmummy Tue 04-Dec-12 21:21:11

I've got one if those meter thingys that show how much electric and gas I'm using. It shoots to red when the kettle or hair dryer go on .

Bakingnovice Tue 04-Dec-12 22:15:28

Omg. I thought kettles costed pennies! We don't use the dishwasher often enough as kids and Dh just pile it into sink and it's a hassle to move it to the DW. I'll make more of an effort.

My boiler only says low medium high. How do I turn the thermostat down. Shall I just move the knob to medium?

In terms of expenses I think phone chargers and computers which are on a lot in our house are expensive too. Of course the biggest expense for us central heating.

WhispersOfWickedness Tue 04-Dec-12 22:27:02

Think electric showers are quite expensive...

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 04-Dec-12 22:30:40

Eco usually means not as hot and less water. Quick washes use more electric and water to get the same results but faster.

Kettles do cost pennies but you use them a lot during the day.

Baking download your boiler manual. If you have a hot water tank there'd be a stat on it. But obviously Combi boilers don't need a tank. Pigletjohn in goodhousekeeping on here knows a lot about boilers and heating and he always says run them on high.

procrastinor Wed 05-Dec-12 00:45:42

An Aga. Dear god I can hear that thing burn through money.
(Rented accom so can't change it)

Asinine Wed 05-Dec-12 08:02:09

There was a piece on the news the other day saying that many TVs are sold with the brightness turned right up, to compensate for bright lighting in showrooms. Apparently you can turn the brightness down, which should increase the quality of the picture under domestic lighting conditions.

Asinine Wed 05-Dec-12 08:03:35

I have a rule with myself not to have a cuppa unless the kettle is cold. It stops me procrastinating with endless tea breaks.

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