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Using Your Appliances Efficiently: How Much Money Can You Really Save?

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Mercy A.A.
Mercy A.A.Google - May 2024
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If we could give the engineer Dan 10 stars we would! Such a quick, reliable service he provided and fixed the issue with our American Fridge/Freezer so quickly. Amazing customer service! Your company should feel lucky to have him representing you.
Clair - Trust Pilot.
Clair - Trust Pilot.May 2024
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Very good follow up be email to organize the appointment; engineer came on time and repair was very quick; the only thing which could have been improved was to mention somewhere that ETA means Estimated time of usually has another common meaning.
Vathsala Paramanathan
Vathsala ParamanathanGoogle - June 2024
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I am very pleased with the. Work and advice of the engineer Jason who came today to repair my Liebherr fridge freezer. He said that there was no need to replace any part and resolved the problem
Dominic Mckenna - Trust Pilot
Dominic Mckenna - Trust PilotApril 2024
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From the outset Rebecka was very helpful, we had several appliances to fix so it was complicated to set up. All the pricing was very clear and once booked I was kept up to date and the engineer arrived on time. Jason the engineer was able to fix most things onsite and identified the fault one the other appliance quickly. The follow up with Rebecka has been very efficient.Highly Recommended.
SarahMay 2024
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Having had excellent and quick service from Capital who sent engineers to sort out problems with my dishwasher and tumble dryer, I decided to buy a replacement dishwasher from them too. I was able to speak to real person! Who told me what they had available, I selected and bought it and was offered delivery two days later. Kept up-to-date on the timing of the delivery and the two men who came, fitted took away the old machine couldn't have been more helpful. I thoroughly recommend this company for swift and excellent service
AS Google - May 2024
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Excellent service provided by Dan Lewis and Adrian Smart. Our Gas Cooker oven had been causing us issues for a while, and a previous engineer's visit left us feeling unheard and the issue unresolved. However, Dan and Adrian were attentive, listened to our concerns, and promptly identified the issue. They efficiently troubleshooted and resolved it by replacing a part. Their professionalism, politeness, and manners were exemplary throughout the process. Kudos to Dan and Adrian for their outstanding service!

No one likes receiving energy bills that are higher than expected. Find out how much money you could really save by using your appliances more efficiently.


The average UK household spends around £1,264 a year on their duel fuel bill. However, this figure can fluctuate, particularly during the winter months, depending on how efficiently you use your appliances.

It’s easy to forget that the simple act of flicking on a switch costs money – at least until the bill arrives and brings the reality sharply home.

Luckily, there are lots of tips for cutting down on your appliance bills. But how much money could you really save?

Cutback on washing machine usage

According to uSwitch, your washing machine accounts for 7% of your energy bill – so it’s important to use it as efficiently as possible.

We’ve all been there – you come home to clothes strewn all over the floor and it’s easier to chuck them in the washing machine than to work out what’s clean and what’s not.

However, by being a little more selective, and cutting down on washing machine usage to one cycle per week, you can save £5 a year on energy and £8 a year on metred water bills.

Wash clothes on a 30C cycle

Think the heat you wash your clothes at won’t affect your energy bill? Think again. Simply washing your clothes at 30C, rather than the usual 40C, can shave around £6 a year off your energy bills.

Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need

Most of us fill the kettle to a random level every time we boil it – even if we’re only making a cuppa for ourselves! By only filling the kettle with the amount of water you need, you can save around £7 a year.

Turn off your appliances when they’re not in use

It might sound obvious, but the vast majority of households don’t turn off all of their appliances when they’re not in use – and it can cost a lot more than you expect.

The only appliances that shouldn’t be turned off are satellite and digital TV boxes (if they’ve been set to record programmes), and of course, your fridge/ freezer.

Simply turning appliances off when you’re not using them could save you £50-£90 a year.

Regularly defrost your freezer

Many people only defrost their freezer once a year – but you should do it every time the ice on the interior walls is more than half an inch thick.

Not defrosting the appliance as often as you should may result in it having to work harder, pushing up your energy bills. Following the ‘half an inch rule’ can save you around £100 a year.

So, how much could you really save?

Every little helps and the above changes could save you up to £216 a year. However, there are lots of other things that you can do to push this saving up even further. Here are some more money saving tips:

Change the way you use your tumble dryer

According to Which?, an inefficient tumble dryer can cost a massive £139 a year. Aside from investing in a more energy efficient model, the following can help:

  • Fill the appliance up to the maximum load, every time
  • Use a high spin speed on your washing machine to dry the clothes as much as possible
  • Make sure to clean the lint filter every time you use the machine

Change the way you cook

According to uSwitch, cooking accounts for around 4% of the average gas and electricity bill. You can reduce this by:

  • Cooking as much as possible in one go and then freezing it for later
  • Not opening the oven door whilst cooking
  • Cutting food into smaller pieces that will cook faster and pre-boiling potatoes before you roast them

Repair don’t replace

In most cases, replacing an appliance is much more expensive than maintaining it or having it repaired (and repairing it is better for the environment too!). At Capital Repairs, our highly trained engineers are on call 24/7 in London and the Home Counties, and can fix your appliance in no time at all. Contact us today to find out more.


No one likes to receive an energy bill that’s higher than expected. But by using your appliances more efficiently, you can save money and be kinder to the environment.




*All of the figures in this article are estimates and taken from external sources.

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