How much does an average kitchen cost to run

View of a kitchen interior

The kitchen is the heart of the house, it’s where dinners are made, the laughs are had over dinner and where many a problem is solved over a cup of tea. So how much does it cost to run per month and what appliances use the most electricity?


Top energy saving kitchen tips

There are a few simple things you can do to help keep the costs down.


  • Washing a full load is more energy efficient.
  • Use a short or economy wash cycle whenever possible.

Washing machine

  • Washing a full load is more energy efficient.
  • Use the half load cycle for less than full loads.
  • Wash at 40oC or lower whenever possible.
  • Reducing the wash temperature of a full load from 60oC to 40oC can save up to 110kWh per year = €20.47 = 60.39 kgs CO2 . This is about the same CO2 saved if you reduced your car usage by 379.8 km in a small family car.


  • Choose CFLs instead of ordinary bulbs especially where lighting is needed for long periods.
  • CFLs can last up to 15 times longer than an ordinary bulb and use 80% less electricity.
  • Replacing an ordinary 100 watt light bulb with an equivalent CFL saves 80.00 kWh per year = €14.89 = 43.92 kgs CO2 .

The kettle

  • Only boil the amount of water you need but make sure to cover the element.
  • Reducing the surplus water boiled by just four cups a day can save up to 29.0 kWh per year = €5.39 = 15.92 kgs CO2.

The hob

  • Always make sure that the pan base matches the size of the hob element.
  • Use the right size pan for the quantity of food being cooked.
  • Keep saucepan lids on - this enables you to turn down the heat.
  • Use an electric kettle to boil water for cooking instead of using the hob.

Please note:

Costs as of 17 January 13.
Costs based on Electric Ireland Dual Value Reward with Direct Debit and Online billing.
Gas prices include carbon tax levy as from 1 May 12.