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

ENERGY prices are creeping up and its important to know how much your appliances cost to run – including your dishwasher.

Doing the washing up is no one's favourite job, with many of us choosing to use the dishwasher just because it's easier.

But have you ever thought how much running the appliance could be costing you?

Here, we explain how much it costs to run your dishwasher

How much am I paying to run my dishwasher?

The average dishwasher uses between 1.2kWh and 1.5kWh per load, according to research by Compare The Market.

And according to Energy Saving Trust, your dishwasher contributes to 8% of your overall electricity bill.


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The price to run a single cycle is 27p under the current Energy Price Guarantee.

Remember, modern dishwashers use much less water than washing by hand – so they should be cheaper to run and better for the environment.

But there are still ways to cut dishwasher costs and we've listed them.

Is it not cheaper to wash by hand?

Modern dishwashers use much less water than washing by hand – so they should be cheaper to run and better for the environment.

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Research by Compare The Market has shown that a single dishwasher cycle costs the same in energy and water as turning the hot water tap on for six to nine minutes, or filling up four to six washing-up bowls.

On average, washing your dishes by hand uses four times as much warm water as putting the same number of items in the dishwasher.

To maximise the efficiency of your dishwasher and cut costs, just make sure you fill it up before you get it going.

What energy bill support is available?

As part of the Autumn Statement, it was revealed millions on benefits and Universal Credit will receive an extra one-off £900.

Eight million households currently get cost-of-living payments worth up to £650, but eligibility criteria could change under any new rules.

Pensioners have also started getting a £300 one-off payment.

The current pensioner cost of living payment is being handed out to millions on a low income.

You qualify under the current rules if you normally get the winter fuel payment, but this could change under the new rules.

The £300 cost of living payment is paid on top of the other winter support.

You'll need to be:

  • born on or before 25 September 1956
  • have lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of 19 to 25 September 2022 in what is known as the "qualifying week"

Struggling families are eligible for the Warm House Discount to help them tackle the cost of living.

The scheme is where eligible households can get £150 off their electricity bill each winter – but you'll have to wait until the colder months to get the money off.

Households in England and Wales don't need to apply to get the cash and they'll automatically qualify if they are receiving certain benefits.

You can read more about who's eligible here.

There are also plenty of energy grants and schemes open to help you out if you're struggling:

  • British Gas Energy Trust Individuals and Family Fund
  • British Gas Energy Trust
  • EDF Customer Support Fund
  • E.ON and E.ON Next Grants
  • Octopus Energy Assist Fund
  • OVO Energy
  • Scottish Power Hardship Fund

There's also a one-off fuel voucher from your energy supplier if you're on a prepayment meter.

Do you have a money problem that needs sorting? Get in touch by emailing [email protected]

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