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How much does it cost to run a stairlift?

How much energy does a stairlift use? It’s a question we’ve been asked more and more in recent years, with energy bills continuing to rise.

No matter how hard we try,  we can’t ignore the news that the cost of living is it an all time high. Cast your mind back to October 2022 when it was announced a for a typical household will rise to a rather shocking £3,549, when the new price cap is introduced.

The spending power of the pound doesn’t seem to have gone much further since then.

So it’s completely understandable that we are all looking for ways to minimise our energy usage, so when you need a stairlift, it’s perfectly natural to wonder about costs.

This Tweet really brings home how people are feeling right now… Energy crisis vignette: someone from Citizens Advice just told me she has been contacted by a woman who uses a stairlift but is terrified of the rising bills and has to decide which floor of her house to live in – upstairs with the bathroom, or downstairs with the kitchen.

No one should ever have to resort to having to choose to live up or downstairs in fear of how much energy their stairlift will use. 

The good news is, stairlifts are surprisingly energy efficient – they use far less power than other home appliances like kettles or washing machines. Speak to one of our team to learn more.

How much energy do stairlifts use?

Stairlifts use very little energy, and most models will use around the same amount of power as a standard light bulb (approx. 24 watts per hour).

Because they run on powerful batteries which are continually re-charged when docked, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they are expensive to run, but far from it. 

Our stairlifts are extremely energy efficient and use less than most other domestic appliances in your home. The exact running costs will vary depending on whether it’s a curved or straight stairlift, the size of the staircase, how many time a day you use it and the make/model of lift you have.

But to give you an idea, a stairlift for a typical 13-step straight staircase will cost £15-£20* a year on average. (*this will increase with October’s price rise)

So there you have it, stairlifts are very economical to run so there’s absolutely no need to worry about using yours this winter.

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If you or a family member are finding the stairs challenging, a stairlift could be a great solution for you. Our team at Leodis Stairlifts are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today on 0800 542 6045.

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