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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?

nickelbabylyinginamanger Wed 05-Dec-12 12:49:20

to work out how much energy a thing is using.

the rating of an item is in KW.

a KWh is a Kilowatt hopur - ie how much energy that thing will use in an hour.
your electricity units are worked out in KWh.

so, if your electric heater is rated at 3kw (or 3000W), then it will use 3 units of electricity if it is on for an hour. if your electric is 7p an hour, then it will cost 21p to run for an hour.

your kettle will be rated at 2kw or 3kw. you use it for 3 minutes.
therefore it will cost around 2 x (3/60) x 7p per use = 0.7p per use.
so, if you have 10 boils a day, it'll cost 7p per day.
if you do the same every day for 10 days, it's 70p etc.

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 05-Dec-12 14:48:38

Thank you Nickel, I've been wondering how I'd work out my kettles useage.

nickelbabylyinginamanger Wed 05-Dec-12 14:55:21


Miggsie Wed 05-Dec-12 14:57:31

I have one of those heated airers from Lakeland to dry the laundry and either open a window or run the de-humidifier to remove condensation - it's much cheaper than a tumble drier and works really well

Bakingnovice Wed 05-Dec-12 23:54:18

For the first time in forever I put all my washing on one of those old fashioned airing racks. Put it on at bedtime and it was all dry by morning! As I left the rack in my room it gave me an incentive to put it quickly away before brekkie. Will deffo be using the tumble drier less!

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