‘Avoid using them!’ Top four ‘energy-guzzling’ kitchen appliances – how to ‘reduce costs’


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With the energy crisis in mind, it’s important to try and keep your energy usage down where possible to reduce spending. Today’s homes are packed with electrical gadgets and some appliances can have a big impact on energy bills. For households wondering which kitchen appliances in their home are contributing the most to their sky-high monthly bill, an energy expert has shared their thoughts and top tips on how to lower these costs.

Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, Thomas Goodman at Myjobquote.co.uk, the UK’s leading trades matching site has shared the top four “energy-guzzling” kitchen appliances that significantly increase energy bills.

American-style fridge-freezers

Fridge freezers need to stay on all the time so it typically uses the most electricity of all the kitchen appliances, but American-style ones are the “worst”, according to Thomas.

He said: “American-style fridge-freezers have a large volume and dispense water and ice-cubes, which all require power. This is why it’s the worst kitchen appliance for guzzling energy. 

“In fact, rising energy prices means this type of fridge-freezer costs just over £200 a year to run.”

However, the expert noted that standard free-standing fridge-freezers are less power-hungry, but an integrated version is better and uses around half the energy of an American-style one. 

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However, he explained: “If you don’t have space outside for a washing line, then the next best alternative is to invest in a heat pump version. These cost around a third of a condensing version to run.”


While using a dishwasher is convenient for doing housework, using this kitchen appliance doesn’t come without its high energy costs.

Thomas said: “Dishwashers are another energy-guzzling kitchen appliance and can be responsible for up to eight percent of your electricity bill. 

“Depending on the model and frequency of use, they cost between £50 and £200 a year to run.”

For those looking to invest in a new one, the expert recommended going for one with a good energy efficiency rating and low water consumption. 

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Thomas explained: “To run it efficiently, only switch it on when it’s full, keep the machine clean and use a good dishwashing detergent to avoid the need for rewashing.”

Electric ovens

The expert said: “Electric ovens do consume a lot of energy, which is why many people are now avoiding using them.

“Depending on how much you use it, an oven can cost between £60 and £400 a year to run. 

“But there are ways to cut the cost including cleaning them without the pyrolytic function, as this uses a lot of power to run.”

Ovens can often be neglected when it comes to cleaning, but a dirty oven uses more energy to cook than a clean one.

He also suggested households “use other appliances to cook with such as the microwave and air-fryer will also reduce your cooking costs”.

Microwaves’ low energy usage and speedy cooking times make them one of the most energy-efficient appliances. 

Due to their small size, microwaves require no pre-heating and are able to transfer heat to the food much quicker than an oven.


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