With Black Friday coming up, the focus is often on the hottest gadgets, but Uswitch research has identified the appliances customers should be looking for deals for in order to reduce power bills and save money in the long term.
The energy market volatility of the last couple of months has made it all but impossible for customers to switch their energy deals to save money, so it’s important to look for other ways to cut costs.
Low-energy devices that are cheaper to run than other household appliances could make a significant difference to your energy usage at a time when the majority of customers can’t save by switching their deals.
The items run from fairly modest investments such as draught excluders to the likes of electric blankets and slow cookers. In the table below, you can see exactly what you can expect from each potential purchase in terms of cost, saving and time it takes for you to recoup your payment.
|Device||Costs from||What it replaces||Potential annual saving||Time to pay for itself|
|Draught excluder (tape)||£4.79||-||£25||Two months and 13 days|
|Water-efficient shower head||£34.99||Standard shower head (10 litres / min)||£55||Seven months and six days|
|Smart power strip||£29.99||Devices always being left on standby mode||£30||One year|
|Hot water cylinder jacket||£15.94||Needing to heat tank as often||£15||One year and a month|
|Radiator Reflectors||£12.56||Reduces heat loss by 50%||£13||One year|
The table below shows electrical items for the kitchen and bedroom that can be adopted for lower energy usage.
|Device||Costs from||Power||What it replaces|
|Electric blanket||£25||100 watts||High thermostat temperature|
|Heated airer||£40||260 watts||Tumble drier|
|Slow cooker||£17.99||120 watts||Oven|
|LED light bulbs||£2 per bulb||5 watts||Halogen bulbs|
Sarah Broomfield, energy expert at Uswitch.com, comments: “At a time when many people are trying to save money on their bills, now might be a good time to make relatively inexpensive changes to the home that can make a big difference to your energy consumption.
“Many of the energy efficient items on our list will pay for themselves in a year or less through savings on your energy bill, and the fact that they will last for many years means they come with a long-term benefit.”