How much does it cost to run a fridge? | The Sun

KITCHEN appliances could be costing you a lot more money than necessary if you're using them every day.

Learning which ones are most expensive and avoiding common mistakes could help you save cash as energy prices soar.

They may seem a normal part of your day, but fridges can suck up a lot of money in energy costs if you're not careful.

Depending on the type and size of fridge you have, it can cost between £41 and £179 a year to run.

It'll be on the lower end if you have a mini-fridge, but a large American-style fridge freezer will be pretty expensive.

It also depends on how efficient your fridge is, how you use it and who your energy supplier is.

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But the average cost per year is about £83. And that price will rise as electricity costs shoot up again this winter.

The calculation of how much your fridge costs is based off the current charge of 28p per kWh for electricity on price cap tariff.

Your costs might be higher or lower depending on if or when you fixed.

You can see how much you're paying by checking your bill.

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How do I keep costs down?

You can't turn your fridge off, and experts recommend you don't, but there are other ways to keep costs down.

Emily Seymour, Which? energy editor, told The Sun: "If you are worried about your current energy consumption there are things you can do to cut costs such as not overfilling your fridge, keeping the coils clean and not allowing ice to build up in freezers and freezer drawers by defrosting them regularly."

If you overfill the fridge, you restrict the air flow which means more energy is wasted trying to keep the space cool.

So make sure you only stock up on what you need. This can also tackle expensive food bills, especially as prices have risen by a further 11%.

Keeping the coils at the back of the fridge clean is important too because, if you let dust gather, the cooling systems will need to work harder and will end up using up to 25% more energy.

That could cost a whopping £45 more a year if you have the most energy-hungry model.

You should also defrost your freezer regularly to prevent a build up of ice.

Ice acts as an insulator which makes your fridge work harder, so it'll cost more to run.

Top tips on other energy-sucking appliances

Fridges aren't the only expensive kitchen appliance – plenty of others sometimes fall under the radar.

We've listed a few to keep you on your toes:

Tumble dryers

Tests show tumble dryers are the most costly appliance to run in the kitchen.

They cost the average household a whopping £140 a year.

But if you have a heat pump model this price is slashed in half – as they are far more energy efficient.

In warmer weather, hang your clothes outside to dry if you can, and you could save money by using a heated clothes airer too.


Dishwashers can be pricey when you tot up how much they cost over the course of a year.

They set the average household back £79.38.

The obvious way to save money is to only run your appliance when it is full – or go back to the good old fashioned sink.

If you are using a dishwasher, wait until you have a full load and use the eco-setting if you have one.


The average built-in electric oven costs £64.18 per year to run.

In general, electric ovens are more energy efficient and do better in cost-saving tests.

Turn off the oven a few minutes before food is ready, leaving it to continue cooking in what's left of the heat (check it's piping hot before eating though!)

You can also get away with not pre-heating the oven in most cases too.

Where possible, consider using the microwave instead as these are much cheaper to run.

Washing machine

Washing machines fall only just behind ovens in annual running costs at £63.25.

To save money – and the planet – wash your clothes at a lower temperature.

If your machine is only half full, you might want to hold off from hitting the start button too. Waiting until you have a full load of washing means you’re likely to do fewer cycles through the year. 

Which? recently found that doing one big wash four times a week reduces energy consumption by 17% compared to someone doing three smaller washes every day. 

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