WITH energy costs set to hit record highs, cutting down on your dishwasher use could be a handy way to save.
Here’s how much it costs to run your dishwasher.
How much am I paying to run my dishwasher?
The average dishwasher uses 1.5 kilowatt hours of energy (kWh) on a standard setting, according to USwitch.
Setting your dishwasher to an eco setting will use around half that, or 0.73kWh.
That means one regular run a day will cost you £1.98 per week – or 96.6p a week on eco-mode.
Over a year, that’s £102.96 on standard mode or £50.23 on eco-mode.
And if you’re needing to do two washes a day, those costs double to £205.92 and £100.46, rispettivamente.
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Measured by current electricity prices, the running cost of a dishwasher is around 18.9p/kWh.
That doesn’t sound like much – e compared to an electric heater, it’s less than one-third.
Nel frattempo, slow cookers use around 1.3kWh while at work, a similar amount of electricity to a dishwasher running a non-eco wash.
And according to Energy Helpline, keeping your central heating on all night will cost you an extra £10.80 a day.
How to get help with bills
If you’re struggling with utility costs at the moment, it might be reassuring to know you’re not the only one – far from it.
Your first step should definitely be talking to your supplier.
Do this before you run out of money or your bills start stacking up as failed payments from a direct debit account could affect your credit score.
Many of the big suppliers have support schemes for customers in dire straits – and in some cases you don’t need to be a customer to access emergency funds.
That’s true of the British Gas Energy Trust. Here are some more options worth looking into:
- Bulb energy fund
- EDF’s energy customer support fund
- E.on’s energy fund
- Npower’s energy fund
- Ovo’s debt and energy assistance
- Scottish Power’s hardship fund
It’s worth getting debt advice from the likes of Citizens Advice beforehand, as your applications is much likelier to be successful that way.
And if you’re having trouble filling in the application, Charisgrants.com can help guide you through it.
Local councils are also providing £500m via the Household Support Fund to struggling families in the form of supermarket vouchers and cash payments.