SHOWERING at a different time of day could save you money on your water and energy bills.
Households with a time-limited energy tariff can reduce their costs by waiting a few hours to wash.
Families are looking for ways to reduce their gas and electricity expenses as costs have soared.
Almost £700 was added to the average annual energy bill on Friday when the price cap rose by 54%.
If you’re looking for ways to lower your bills, including your water bills, there are a few changes you can make.
You could reduce your costs by switching to an Economy 7 tariff, which charges less for the energy used at night.
But you might spend more if you use a lot of energy during the day, so keep an eye on your consumption if you decide to switch.
Keep in mind that leaving appliances on overnight can be a fire hazard.
This warning does not apply to showers, but it is something to be aware of when dealing with other electronic devices.
We’ve also put together tips for saving money on your water bills so you can save the most money on your shower.
How much does a shower cost?
Taking a 10 minute shower uses 1.42kWh of electricity, costing someone a standard variable rate of around 40p each way.
If you did this every day, it would cost you £146 a year, according to Uswitch calculations.
This is based on an 8.5KW electric shower and a unit rate of 28p.
But if you have an Economy 7 fare, it will be cheaper in the evening.
According to Uswitch, a ten minute shower on a time-sensitive tariff would only cost 27p – 23p less than the ceiling price.
It is based on the Economy 7 night rate for each unit set at 19p.
When is the cheapest time to take a shower?
Data from the Switch website showed you could save £47.45 a year if you had an Economy 7 meter and only showered sometimes with cheaper energy.
This will generally last for seven hours between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., but this will vary from provider to provider.
However, taking a shower during the day would actually cost more than just having a normal meter.
It would cost 42p for a 10 minute shower instead of 40p.
So if you get one, you need to make sure it won’t increase your bills.
The actual price will vary depending on your supplier, where you live and the type of shower you have.
How can I save on my water bills?
The average water bill will rise from £7 to £419 this month, but the price increase differs from country to country.
Some regions will see an increase of up to £36 a year, according to a Sun survey.
You could save even more money by using less water if you switch to a water meter.
Reducing the amount of water you use should also lower your energy bills, whether you have a meter or not.
If you have more or the same number of bedrooms as people in your home, switching to a meter could save you money.
For example, if you are a single person living in a three-bed property, you might benefit from a change.
Indeed, it is likely that you will use less water than your utility company expects for a home of this size.
According to Martin Lewis, the switch could save you up to £500 a year and we spoke to a woman who has halved her water bill.
But for larger households, a meter might actually cost you more.
You can check online if a water meter would help you to save money.
Once you have a water meter, there are steps you can take to lower your bills.
For example, a low-flow showerhead reduces water consumption without affecting pressure.
It can save you £65 a year on water consumption – and some suppliers even give it away for free.
However, they are not compatible with electric showers.
Reducing the time spent in the shower is another way to save money.
Most of us spend around seven minutes in the shower, but cutting that by just one minute could save you £60 on water bills and an extra £60 on energy.
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