Download our editable Loop Snoop map. Save this to your laptop, tablet or mobile device. You’re going to use this to record the running costs of all the appliances you test.
Doing this in each room will give you a pretty good indication of what things cost to run. However it’s worth remembering that some high-powered items like ovens, fridges, freezers and immersion heaters are thermostatically controlled. This means they draw a lot of power when they’re on, but they aren’t on permanently, only when they need to heat or cool to the required temperature.
Loop user: “It was a real eye-opener on how some lights for example were consuming eight times the electricity than others for equivalent brightness, and also that our old tumble dryer was so inefficient it was contributing nearly a third of our monthly bill!”
Loop user: “By looking at the power being used and turning off an individual appliance I can see how much it uses on standby. Using that method I worked out the coffee machine was sucking power when it wasn’t turned on – now it gets turned off at the wall switch!”