The British are likely to get muggy this week in the September heat wave, but air conditioning could add to your bills.

The UK is expected to be hotter than Athens, with temperatures close to 30 ° C.


Leaving the air conditioning on all night can cost you a lotPhoto credit: Getty

While it may be tempting to buy an air conditioner and leave it on all night, it could add up to £ 28 a week to your energy bills.

Uswitch’s energy expert Will Owen told The Sun that hot weather can make many Britons turn to air conditioning.

“While you might not believe that home air conditioners are all that common in the UK, Google searches for portable air conditioners have increased 133% compared to last year due to the hot weather,” he said.

How much does it cost to operate an air conditioning system?

A typical air conditioner costs around 44p an hour, according to research by Uswitch.

The average person uses their air conditioner for about four hours 18 minutes during the day and four hours 48 minutes at night.

Based on that total of around nine hours day and night, this could add £ 28 per week to your energy bill, USwitch calculates.

If you only left the AC on all night to stay cool while you sleep – say nine hours in bed – it would cost about the same.

But if you leave it on all night and part of the day, more could come about.

The exact running costs depend on how long you use it, but also the type of air conditioner you have and the amount you pay for energy.

You can save money on air conditioning running costs by verifying that you have the best energy supply and switching when it is not.

Alternatively, you can use a fan that costs around 9 p.m. to keep you going through the night.

Fans cool by blowing air over your skin, while air conditioners cool the entire room by dissipating heat.

How else can I stay cool in the heat?

Relying on air conditioning to keep you cool could be a very expensive way to tackle the heat wave this year, but there are other ways you could try.

DIY website Family Handyman came up with ideas that included spraying cold water on a leaf that covers a window opening.

With this hack, the breeze hits the sheets and penetrates through the cool, damp fabric, which can help lower the temperature in your home.

The website also suggests trying out insulated window film that you can purchase to stick on your window.

This inexpensive alternative can help save energy bills and provide privacy while still enjoying the outside view and light.

They are also designed to reduce up to 98% of infrared heat compared to unprotected windows and reduce the entering temperature.

They also only cost around £ 11 on places like Amazon.

UK weather forecast for Monday 6th September as the UK will be sizzling in mini-HEATWAVE in late summer

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