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How much does it cost to boil a kettle?

boil less water in kettle energy saving tips
 Energy Saving:  82 - 164 kWh each year
 Money Saving:   £15.334 -  £30.668 each year
 CO2 Saving:  30.09kg - 60.19kg each year
 Comment:  Boil only what you need. Savings depend on how much tea you drink!
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We are often told to only use as much water as we need in a kettle and not to fill it to the top, but what are the potential annual saving in doing this. Well it takes roughly 4.5 minutes to boil a full (2 litre) kettle with a power rating of 3kW (kilowatts).

First how much does it cost to boil a kettle once?
Kettle Energy to boil a kettle Cost to boil a kettle
Full 0.225 KWh £0.042
Half Full 0.113 KWh £0.021
Next, How much does it cost to boil a full and a half full kettle operated twice a day for a full year.
Kettle Annual Energy Use Annual Cost (and CO2 emissions)
Full 164 KWh £30.743
(60.3kg)
Half Full 82 KWh £15.368
(30.2kg)

Well There it is, a full year of operating a kettle in this way should save you about £15.368
(30.2kg)
. Less than you might imagine but if you are a real tea fiend and boil it 4 times a day you would double the saving! Every little counts.

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Mr - Rueben Derrick  2017-10-26 21:51:37
So to boil a kellet ONLY costs £0.035.That's 2857 boils to make ONE POUND...Why does the world use boiling a kettle as an example of wasted energy!
reply - rdh  2017-10-27 09:57:31
Thanks for taking the time to comment. But you are 100x out.
£0.035 = 3.5 pence
100 pence to the pound
100 pence / 3.5 pence = 28.57 boils
Cheers
Richard