How much does it cost to run a slow cooker | The Sun

BRITS may consider using a slow cooker now that the colder weather and darker evenings are coming.

But cooking for the family will need power to run. We explore how much it's going to add to your energy bills.

A slow cooker could be a good investment as there are several benefits such as hand-off cooking and is designed to bring out the flavour of foods and make some meats tender.

They're also great way to conserve energy as well as being easy to use.

Millions of households face paying more for energy bills from October 1 thanks to Ofgem's latest energy price cap announcement.

It's important to be aware of how much energy you're using at home and if the day-to-day appliances could be adding to your energy bills unnecessarily.

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We've broken down everything you need to know about the costs of running a slow cooker.

Energy usage

It’s estimated that the average slow cooker uses roughly 1.3kWh over eight hours of cooking time.

So in order to work out the cost of making your favourite hot winter-time tea, you'll need to do this equation.

The equation is: cost = power (kilowatt) x cost of one kWh (pence) x the length of time (just the one off meal, or over a week or month.)

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Total cost

Uswitch have told The Sun that using a slow cooker for four hours costs 36p under the current price cap.

However, under October's price cap this will cost 66p.

If you use the slow cooker for eight hours, this will cost you 73p, however as of October, this will rise to £1.33.

If you ate a slow cooked meal every day for September, you'd fork out £10.08 for costs. As of October, this will increase to £18.48.

Plus, if you made a slow cooked dinner every day for a year then you would add another £218.16 to your energy bills.

It's unlikely you'll use your slow cooker this much, but it gives you a rough indication of how much your bills could if it's used excessively.

The size of the slow cooker will also contribute to its average electricity usage as smaller slow cookers will use less electricity.

Different recipes may also require different settings with some being set to as low as 60°C which will use less electricity than a meal cooked at a higher setting such as 149°C.

There are other ways to reduce the overall costs though, so you won't have to necessarily compromise on the size or quality of your slow cooker.

Cut down on the cost

A slow cooker isn't necessarily an energy draining product, and in some instances it can actually save you more on energy costs than other appliances in your home.

Will Owen, energy expert at Uswitch said: ““Cooking in the oven is one of the most common ways to prepare dinner, but it is often more expensive to run than other kitchen appliances.

“Slow cookers tend to be the most efficient — they cook food on low power over a number of hours and come with the added benefit of providing a fully cooked meal when you finish work if you get your timings right."

Turning off machines when they're not being used is also a good way to cut down on unnecessary costs as well.

Make sure you flip off the switch on the wall and unplug the appliance as leaving it on standby will continue to drain your bank account in the same way it drains the unneeded power from the wall.

Another home comfort you might want to be wary of is the overnight fan you're leaving on during the hotter nights.

Leaving it running can also hike your energy bill, so being aware of the cost breakdown is important.

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We've also had a look into the costs of boiling a kettle as Brits hunker down for the Autumn and Winter months with a nice warm cuppa.

But anybody wanting to splash out on a hot tub before the good weather comes to a close, should keep in mind the costs of running it too.

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