Today we have the staple of the kitchen, the slow cooker….
Slow cooking with a slow cooker or crock pot as they are know in the USA is an excellent way of preparing a meal for later consumption.
A quick beef stew can be prepared within half an hour and left to cook for hours, while you are otherwise engaged be it at work or play. Safe in the knowledge that you will have a hot nutritious meal waiting for you upon your return.
How much does it cost to run a Slow Cooker?
The answer is … A whole lot less than a conventional oven.
A small approximately 60w slow cooker will cost around 0.11p (GBP) to run for eight hours. To work out how much it will cost for different slow cookers you need to find the wattage of the slow cooker. (look for a label somewhere on the appliance normally marked W). The formula for working out the exact power consumption cost of an 80w slow cooker is…. divide the power in watts (W) by 1000 to convert to kilowatts (kW).
So 80/1000 = 0.08kW.
To calculate the energy used you need to multiply its rating in kW by the time it is on for, in hours, so for example, for 7 hours cooking time it would use:
7 x 0.08 = 0.56 kWh.
You can get the cost of a kWh from your electricity bill, but typically around 12p/kWh so for this example:
0.56 x 12 = 6.72 pence to run an 80W slow cooker for 7 hours.
So as you can see a slow cooker can not only save you time but also money.
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