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Expert tips to save £600 off running costs for oven, air fryer and microwave

Brits could save up to £604 a year off of their energy bills by turning off their cooking appliances.

Energy supplier Utilita teamed up with frozen food giant Iceland to reveal just how much your appliances set you back each day, week, month and year.

They assessed the six main types of appliances, from your cooker to your air fryer and your microwave.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly the most energy-intensive of the lot was the electric cooker, which can cost up to £316.54 a year to run.

The microwave at the opposite end costs a measly £30.02 a year.

According to The Mirror, the experts claim that if you switch the appliances off when they’re not in use, rather than leaving them on standby, you could save yourself hundreds.

They also claimed batch-cooking food could save up to £158 a year, while using the right-sized pan with a lid could cut costs by £72.

Letting water simmer rather than leaving it boiling can also save £68 annually, and not overfilling the kettle could leave you with an extra £19 over a 12-month period.

Archie Lasseter, Utilita’s sustainability lead, said: "The rising cost of energy is going to create seismic shifts in consumer behaviour associated with energy consumption, through a new awareness of the cost to consume.

"The impact will be far greater than any of the Government’s green initiatives ever could have achieved. Although cooking is said to account for 4% of the average energy bill, the savings speak for themselves.

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"It’s vital that consumers are given the facts they need in order to use less energy in the interest of the pocket and the planet."

Richard Walker, Iceland’s managing director, said: “The cost-of-living crisis continues to be the biggest national issue facing consumers.

“As a private, family-run business, we’re constantly looking at both short- and long-term initiatives that can offer any support.

“Our “Shop Smart, Cook Savvy” collaboration with Utilita is so important, as it shines a light on the relationship between what we buy and how much energy we use cooking it – helping to empower our customers and provide them with access to information that can help stretch their budgets further.”

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How much it costs to run different cooking appliances:

Electric cooker

  • Cost per day to run: 87p
  • Cost per week to run: £6.09
  • Cost per month to run: £26.38
  • Cost per year to run £316.54
  • CO₂e emissions (equivalent miles driven in average car): 609

Dual cooker (part electric, part gas)

  • Cost per day to run: 72p
  • Cost per week to run: £5.08
  • Cost per month to run: £22
  • Cost per year to run: £264.03
  • CO₂e emissions (equivalent miles driven in average car): 609

Gas cooker

  • Cost per day to run: 33p
  • Cost per week to run: £2.32
  • Cost per month to run: £10.17
  • Cost per year to run: £120.83
  • CO₂e emissions (equivalent miles driven in average car): 611

Slow cooker

  • Cost per day to run: 16p
  • Cost per week to run: £2.32
  • Cost per month to run: £10.07
  • Cost per year to run: £120.83
  • CO₂e emissions (equivalent miles driven in average car): 611

Air fryer

  • Cost per day to run: 14p
  • Cost per week to run: £1.01
  • Cost per month to run: £4.40
  • Cost per year to run: £52.74
  • CO₂e emissions (equivalent miles driven in average car): 102

Microwave

  • Cost per day to run: 8p
  • Cost per week to run: 58p
  • Cost per month to run: £2.50
  • Cost per year to run: £30.02
  • CO₂e emissions (equivalent miles driven in average car): 58

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