Stairlifts are designed to be left on, so that the batteries are constantly charged. This means that the stairlift is always available and you never come to a halt, even during a power cut. Many people worry about the costs of running a stairlift but they are really one of the cheapest appliances to operate in your home and some of the most energy efficient appliances available.

How much will it cost me?

You should expect a stairlift to cost less than £10 per year in electricity,  that’s cheaper than a washing machine, which could cost you £50 per year to run on average. This is all down to the amount of electricity needed to run a stairlift. A washing machine for example uses 0.7kWh (700 Watts), while a stairlift can be as little as 0.024kWh. That’s only 24 Watts per hour,  significantly less than most of your other household appliances.

The table on the right shows power consumption for some typical household appliances. For example; a household radio uses 0.035 kWh (35 watts per hour) and even this uses more power than a stairlift!

You’ll find some devices seem much higher but it is important to keep in mind that this is all relative to the amount of time you spend using them per day. After all, a stairlift wouldn’t be used constantly all day.

Appliance Power Consumption

Appliance/Gadget kWh (watts)
Kettle 1.8 (1800)
Washing Machine  0.7 (700)
32” TV 0.115 (115)
32” TV on standby 0.0006 (0.6)
Laptop 0.029 (29)
Radio 0.035 (35)

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