Save Money This Winter

Inflation in the United States continues to rise as consumers are seeing the costs of goods and services higher than it has been in years. Consumers are trying to find ways to save money, especially following a busy, and expensive, holiday season. As temperatures continue to drop throughout the United States, vehicle charging specialists CTEK, recommends consumers maintain their car battery throughout the season. However, with the escalating cost of electricity and the rising cost of living, one of the most common questions being asked these days is "how much does it costs to charge my car battery?" CTEK, a leading global brand in battery charging solutions, has the answer.

Save Money This Winter

CTEK has calculated that, using a CTEK MXS 5.0 battery charger and based on an average electricity cost in the USA of 14.9 cents per kWh, it costs around 9.3 cents to get a half empty 12V, 75Ah battery fully charged (assuming battery power efficiency of 85%1 and charger efficiency of 85%).

This means you can charge your battery for the same cost as watching TV for 5 hours or playing on a game console for 2 hours, and for less than it would cost you to cook in an electric oven for 20 minutes (11 cents) or do a load of laundry (15 cents)!2

Exact costs will vary of course, depending on how much you're paying for your electricity and other factors including the size of the battery and how healthy it is.

The small investment needed to charge your battery on a regular basis will not only save you the hassle of vehicle breakdown, but it could also save you a lot of money too.

Even a small drop in charge can compromise battery health, reducing its life span and making replacement necessary. Battery failure can also affect your vehicle's electronics, which could lead to expensive repairs, and if you find yourself stranded on the side of the road with a flat battery, you'll have the cost and inconvenience of breakdown and recovery to contend with as well.

If your car has a 'stop/start' function, this may not kick in if your battery is drained. This will increase the amount of fuel you're using, and with current pump prices, fuel is a precious commodity that we really can't afford to waste. And regular battery charging can actually extend your battery's life by up to three times, saving you hundreds of dollars on battery replacement.

So you can see that regular battery charging makes perfect sense, on many levels.

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