Whether you want to save a bit of money or some energy, it’s nice to know how much money your appliances are costing you to run.
Changing energy providers to get the best bang for your buck is a great way of saving money, of course. However, doing that alone won’t help you save energy.
Knowing how much an electric oven costs to run may make you think about how you use it and may change your energy-using habits.
So, let’s see just how much it takes to run an electric oven in the UK, shall we?
Cost of Running an Electric Oven in the UK
An electric oven uses about 0.87 kWh of electricity an hour. So, if we average the costs from all of the energy providers in the UK, that works out at about 14p an hour to run your electric oven.
So, if you use your oven every day of the week, for say, 2 hours a day, you’ll be spending about £1.96 a week.
Now, as you may know, these electricity prices will vary from oven to oven. In fact, the costs above will vary if you use the hob more than the oven.
Also, these costs vary depending on how energy efficient your oven is too. So, the figures above are extremely rough.
The costs above are more like an average a household will spend to run an oven. Still, is there a way of bringing these costs down?
How Can You Reduce the Running Costs of an Electric Oven?
There isn’t really a good way of improving the running costs of an existing electric oven. You can’t exactly cook things on a higher temperature for shorter amounts of time, as you’ll start burning all your food.
If you want to decrease the energy your oven is using, your best chance is to buy a new oven.
If your oven is five years old or older, it may no longer be as energy efficient as a new one.
Even if your oven was very efficient when it was new, advances in oven efficiency in the last few years might mean that your current oven is no longer the most energy-efficient model out there.
Of course, buying a new oven won’t help you save money in the short term! The only real way to save money and energy in the kitchen without buying all new appliances is to turn them off at the wall after using them.
A report by the Energy Saving Trust showed that the average household is wasting between £50-£86 a year just because appliances were left on standby.
Electric ovens don’t cost too much run. However, if you are concerned that your oven is costing you more than it should, this could be a sign of an issue with your oven.
If you’re keen to make your oven and other kitchen appliances more energy efficient, investing in new ones is likely your best bet.
We do have loads of articles on here about ovens and the best in the UK. Do check those oven articles out as there are some fantastically energy-efficient ovens on them.
We hope this look at the running costs of ovens has helped you. Check out our other oven articles for more info about all things ovens.
Scott is a writer and a passionate home chef. His passion for cooking began when he was 10 years old. Scott has been writing professionally for over five years now and loves to combine his passion for cooking with his day job.