This has resulted in random items surging in popularity, such as air fryers.
Sales of air fryers, which circulate hot air inside to cook food, have jumped since the energy crisis hit because they use less energy than ovens — a saving grace when trying to reduce bills.
Research from energy supplier utility shows that an electric oven costs more than £315 a year, whereas an air fryer costs around £53.
Tesco, Britain’s biggest grocer, said in October sales of air fryers have skyrocketed by 200% year-on-year as customer look for more energy-efficient options.
Noel Jackson, Tesco’s home electricals category manager, told Insider in a statement: “We’ve been blown away by just how popular air fryers are proving with our customers — so much so that we’ve ordered even more of them to cope with demand in the run up to Christmas.”
Tesco will receive an extra 40,000 air fryers before Christmas because of the demand, it added.
Sky News reported that price comparison website PriceRunner said sales of some air fryers were up 2,000% since the summer.