Dad saves £750 on bills by switching off ‘energy guzzling’ appliances – check out list of worst

DAD OF TWO Mark Thompson managed to save £750 off his bills by switching off or selling his energy-guzzling appliances.

Armed with a nifty money-saving device, Mark has walked around EVERY room in his house to see how much his devices cost to run – and was shocked by the results.

Mark's secret weapon to reducing his energy bills is his smart plug

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Mark’s secret weapon to reducing his energy bills is his smart plug
He leaves sticky notes all over the house reminding him how much equipment costs to run

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He leaves sticky notes all over the house reminding him how much equipment costs to run

This story was originally published on September 3, 2022.

Mark is a former energy worker and lives in Northwich, Cheshire with his wife Heather, who is also retired, and has two children – 26 year old Hannah and 22 year old Sally.

Mark decided to closely monitor the energy use of his freezers, kettle, washing machine and dishwasher in April last year when bills were skyrocketing to cut costs.

To do this, he bought an intelligent plug. They act like a second plug – you plug it into your wall socket and then connect your device to it.

You can buy some models that will tell you how much equipment will cost you to run.

They typically cost between £8 and £15 for cheaper models and differ from smart meters in that they don’t tell you how much each individual device costs.

Mark’s energy supplier is Bulb and at his current variable monthly rate, each unit of electricity costs him 28p per kilowatt hour.

Some devices use more energy than others to run – and Mark was amazed to see how much he spent on some of them.

The biggest source of expenses was his old freezer, which was costing him around 68p a day to run – which worked out to a whopping £250 a year.

He has two, it costs him £500 a year.

His kettle costs him 1p a cup – and he makes a dozen cups a day. Over the year it costs him £43.80.

He uses his dishwasher three times a week, which costs 37p – a total of £57.72 a year.

Turning on the washing machine costs him 12p per turn and he uses it three times a week – which costs up to £18.72 a year.

His printer is costing him £15 a year for leaving it on standby.

“It’s a great opportunity to see how much their devices cost – you often spend a fortune to run them,” he said.

He’s made some big changes around the house to cut his energy bills and reckons he’ll now be saving around £750 a year.

“I’m getting rid of and selling my extra freezer – I can’t justify the cost.

“I now switch devices off at the socket if I know that they are big power guzzlers.”

He sticks sticky notes on his devices, scrawling the cost of running them, to remind them to use it sparingly.

He’s also marked his kettle with a permanent marker so he knows where to fill for two cups of tea – helping him avoid overfilling and wasting energy.

He knows the cost of running his appliances will skyrocket once again as energy bills average £3,549 a year – which is why he’s making changes now.

“Now I understand better what is useful for what.

“Smart sockets can cost up to £15, which is quite expensive, but given the savings I’m making, it’s definitely worth it to me.”

On his blog www.getenergysavvy.info he gives other households tips on how to reduce their energy costs.

How else can you cut costs around the home?

Tumble dryers are one of the biggest energy hogs, according to Uswitch, costing around £1.27 per cycle.

Turn it off at the counter and instead use a drying rack to dry your clothes for free.

Turning your thermostat down just one degree can save you £100, says the Energy Saving Trust.

Whilst properly protecting your home from drafts you can save £45 a year – you can use old socks and towels to put by your door.

Checking your boiler settings can save you €95 a year – switch off ‘comfort’ mode and lower the flow temperature.

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Smart meters can cut your energy bill by £65 a month.

Washing your clothes at 30 degrees instead of 40 can save you another £12.

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