Cheapest time to have a shower to save money on water and energy bills | The Sun

HOUSEHOLDS looking for ways to slash their energy bills can cut costs by showering at different times of the day.

You could switch to an Economy 7 or 10 tariff which charges you less for washing at night time.

The tariffs charge you dual rates depending on the time of the day.

If you are on an Economy 7 tariff you'll be charged less across 7 hours, and 10 hours if you are on an Economy 10 tariff.

But you could end up spending more if you use a lot of energy in the daytime, so keep an eye on your usage if you do decide to switch.

Plus, be aware that millions on these types of tariffs might be hit with larger than average bill rises from January.

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Always remember leaving appliances on at night can create a fire hazard.

That warning doesn't apply to showers but it is something to take note of when it comes to other electronics such as washing machines and tumble dryers.

The prospect of slashing energy bills will come as good news to households struggling with a higher cost of living.

The Government has introduced a discount on energy bills – known as the energy price guarantee.

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But the average households' yearly bills are still around £2,500 a year, up from £1,971 previously.

Here are a few tricks to help you save money on your water bills.

How much does it cost to have a shower?

Uswitch said taking a 10-minute shower uses 1.42kWh of electricity, costing someone on a standard variable tariff around 48p a go.

If you did this every day it would cost you £175.20 a year.

That's based on an 8.5KW electric shower and a unit rate of 34p.

But if you have an Economy 7 tariff, it will be cheaper in the evenings.

Savvy saver Scott Dixon previously told The Sun he saves £725 a year on his Economy 7 tariff.

When is the cheapest time to have a shower?

Uswitch said if you're on an Economy 7 or 10 tariff, showering in the daytime is going to be more expensive than if you are on a normal tariff.

However, you will pay less if you use energy during your off-peak seven or ten-hour window than you would on a normal tariff.

So if you are someone who works a night shift, an Economy 7 or 10 tariff might be the one for you.

How can I save money on my water bills?

Beyond switching to an Economy 7 or 10 tariff, there are some other ways you can slash your water bills.

Taking a shorter shower could save you over £50 a year.

Leaky loos and dripping taps can waste water without you knowing so fixing any around the house will save you some money.

Plus, making sure your washing machine or dishwasher is fully-loaded before turning it on will make sure you're using them in the most energy-efficient way.

And you could even consider buying a water meter if your usage is low.

Water meters measure the exact amount of water you use, rather than relying on estimates based on rateable values, which is a calculation based on your property and can't be changed.

Most water suppliers provide help for vulnerable households as well.

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You can find out who your water supplier is on the Consumer Council for Water website.

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