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Is my Electric Diffuser too expensive to run in the Cost of Living & Energy Crisis?

As everyone knows, the cost of running a household is currently increasing at a massive rate with inflation at 10.1% (Commons Library). This is especially the case for electricity and gas. From September 2021 to September 2022, domestic gas prices increased by 96% and domestic electricity prices by 54%. Making the average cost of living for a household in the UK is £3,073 per month in 2022 (Standout-CV). This hardship has meant for everyone to review and reduce the power and heating in their homes, which is why we have had many questions regarding the power usage of an electric diffuser.



Typically, diffusers will be switched on for two or three hours in a household or workplace producing mist with the light on. Having the diffuser on for such a length of time is something you would then consider to be using electricity more than other appliances. Although, the amount of electricity used is based on how much the appliance/machine needs to power on and remain on. This means that a washing machine on for 30 minutes can be costlier than a light on for 6 hours.


We want to help people get an idea of how much power one of our eDiffusers is using, or how any other brands or items with similar wattage uses too. Like many others will, customers we have spoken with are just unsure how much electricity costs for any items. Every appliance has a power rating, usually given in watts (W) or kilowatts (kW) (1000W = 1kW). This is the amount of electricity it needs in order to work. Below we have listed sum items in your household and the eDiffusers to compare and understand the watts used and cost:

Appliance

Watts

Cost per Hour (Oct 22)

Cost per Hour (Oct 21)

Broadband Router

10W

£0.0034

£0.0021

Extractor Fan

20W

£0.0060

£0.0042

Fridge

150W

£0.051

£0.0315

Oven

2100W

£0.714

​​£0.441

12W

£0.0041

£0.0025

14.4W

£0.0049

£0.003

Sources for statistics: Sust-It, CSE / Note: Example appliances may differ in terms of the watts shown.


As you can see, a diffuser uses very little energy to power them and would be just under 1 pence for 2 hours usage. Obviously, people use the diffuser for different amounts of time. Some people will use for 30 minutes to refresh the scent of a room and some people will use the diffuser until the water tank is dry. Either way, the diffuser would only be a matter of 2 or 3 pence at most.


We hope that this has helped calm concerns of using electricity for your electric diffuser or other appliances, and you can use these items with peace of mind that you aren’t clocking up your energy bill by enjoying the electric diffuser you use every or most days.


It would be great to hear your thoughts on this, please get in touch or leave a comment if you want to.

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