Five items in your kitchen that are skyrocketing your bills revealed – and how to cut costs

The Mirror spoke to British Gas smart energy expert Marc Robson to highlight five kitchen appliances that are eating up your energy – and what you can do about it

Which devices cost you the most money?
Which devices cost you the most money?

Energy bills are on the rise, but there are some simple things you can do in the kitchen to cut your bills.

From tumble dryers to washing machines, we explain which devices use the most electricity – and what you can do about it.

It comes as energy bills for millions of homes have skyrocketed since last week after Ofgem’s price cap was increased by £700.

For those on a standard plan paying by direct debit, the price cap has increased from £1,277 to £1,971 – an increase from £693.

Prepay customers have seen a bigger jump, with their price cap increasing by £708 from £1,309 to £2,017.

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Five devices that are skyrocketing your energy bill

The Mirror spoke to British Gas smart energy expert Marc Robson to highlight five kitchen appliances that are skyrocketing your bills.

“The kitchen is one of the most energy-intensive rooms in the house, so it’s a great place to start when trying to reduce your consumption,” Mr Robson said.

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“When I visit a customer’s home, I always discover small changes they can make in the kitchen.

“Measures like cleaning filters on appliances to ensure they are working effectively, defrosting the fridge and smart cooking habits can make a big difference.

“And when it’s time to replace parts, go for the higher energy efficiency class.”

clothes dryer

The tumble dryer is one of the most energy-hungry appliances – but there are simple solutions to avoid it.

Take advantage of the warmer weather by drying your laundry outside wherever you can, or use a drying rack instead.

Washing machine

The washing machine is one appliance you can’t really avoid, but there are ways to use it smarter to lower your energy bills.

Running your washing machine on a 30 degree program instead of using higher temperatures can save you on your annual bill.

So avoid longer and hotter washes if you want to keep costs down.

Fridge freezer

A fridge freezer runs all day and all night, so it’s easy to see how one eats up a large chunk of your energy bill.

Try to defrost your fridge and freezer regularly to keep ice build-up under control and ensure everything is working efficiently.

Otherwise they use more energy than they actually need.


If you’re a fan of a cup of coffee, you’ll likely reach for this kettle several times a day – but overfilling the kettle could cost you hard cash.

Instead, you should only fill the kettle with the water you need. The same goes for pots and pans – choose one that’s the right size for what you’re cooking and fill with just enough water.

Simply putting on a lid saves energy and also reduces condensation in the kitchen.


The oven is another energy guzzler, so try switching to a microwave if possible.

Microwaves are generally more energy-friendly because they use less electricity and you typically use them for much shorter periods compared to an oven.

It is also worth considering a slow cooker as it is one of the most energy efficient kitchen appliances.

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