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The Real Cost of Running Your Home with Electricity

Your home is reliant on electricity. If the power fails an emergency generator will ensure you have temporary power until the mains connection is re-established, it’ll keep your electrical appliances running and provide you with plenty of light at night.

Running electrical appliances on a daily basis can be costly. We don’t have to point this out at Generator Power, you already know this, and a simple check of your utility bill will confirm this fact.

Where does all that power go to though? Which appliances use most electricity and how much do they actually cost you to run?

It’s got us thinking and thanks to research from energy management experts Navetas we have specific data that shows how much the average home in South London is spending to run specific household appliances.   Their findings are based on Npower’s standard duel fuel tariffs.

Examples of household power costs:

Electric showers:

Like a nice shower in the morning? It’s the ideal way to start the day. A shower revitalises you by tingling the senses, it’ll wake you up and kick-start the brain, plus you’ll smell a whole heap better afterwards! Shower for an average of five minutes and that will cost you 15p, spend longer and you could easily see that price double.

That’s not so bad if you live on your own.  If you live in a household where numerous people are popping in and out of the shower it’s easy to see where the electric cost quickly rises.


Your kettle is one of the busiest appliances in the kitchen. On average people heat water in their kettles around three times a day, although the figure can be much higher depending on how many brews you like.  If you stick with the average figure and make 21 cups of tea or coffee per week this costs 94p which equates to £49.38 per year.

By reducing your intake of drinks to two cups per day you could save a third of this cost.


Kitchen appliances are one of the biggest contributors to household electricity costs. Thankfully the toaster isn’t too demanding on the power supply. Use it once a day for an average of four minutes and this should only cost you 9p per week.

The price will start to creep up though if you have a number of people in your house toasting bread in the morning and it’ll certainly be dearer if you are toasting crumpets in this appliance because they take longer to brown.

Washing machines:

You need to wash your family’s clothes right? Household would quickly become rather unpleasant if you didn’t have access to a washing machine. This necessity comes at a cost though. Use the machine an average of four times a week and this is going to cost you 41p.

Most families use their machine every day though so you can see where this figure can quickly start to rise.

Hair dryers:

Could you leave the house without taming your mane? The windswept look is never a good image to go to work with, especially if the weather is calm and serene outside.  So the chances are you’ll turn to your trusty hairdryer in the morning, use it for an average of 10 minutes and spend 46p per week as a result. If the household is full of ladies this figure could easily treble, especially if the hair dryer is used in the morning and at night.

These are just some of the examples of everyday electrical objects which contribute to the cost of your electric bill. You’d be lost without most of them, especially if you lost mains power, unless you had a generator to fall back upon of course, supplied by us at Generator Power!

This only tells a small part of the story though. Too many households waste electricity then wonder why their utility bill is high.

We suggest you closely examine energy usage around the home to save money in the future, and should you require emergency power at any point, all you have to do is contact us.

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