How much electricity does a kettle use? The cost of making a cup of tea

modern kitchen with silver kettle and toaster on island
(Image credit: Cuisinart)

As the cost of living crisis hits hard, many are wondering 'how much electricity does a kettle use?' as even the price of boiling a kettle can start to seem like an extravagance.

As temperatures drop and energy prices rise, many Brits will be relying on a steady flow of hot drinks to keep the chill at bay. And let’s not forget the cosiness of a warm hot water bottle on a cold winter night. 

Rachel Rigby

Rachel Rigby started working as a financial journalist in 2000 and has used her financial experience to number-crunch for articles on DIY and housing. She has renovated three houses, including overseeing building an extension as well as a complete rewire. She enjoys doing a little DIY herself, although to varying success. Before this, she spent 12 years at Mergermarket before working in public relations, as well as stints at CTFN News as their UK and European correspondent, covering event driven investment topics with a focus on European commission competition rulings. Rachel has been a guest on CNBC and CNN and also written for Financial News, Media Week and previously Sunday Business and Breaking Views.