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Here's How Much It Costs To Use And Electric Heater In The Evening

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Here's How Much It Costs To Use And Electric Heater In The Evening

With winter drawing in and temperatures dropping, lots of us are now turning to the ever-faithful electric heater to keep warm.

But while we might find solace in its cosy glow, we may also find ourselves facing a hefty electricity bill at the end of the month for doing so.

According to figures provided by Uswitch, heaters are an expensive piece of kit, especially if they're used for hours on end.

In fact, the site revealed that they use around 3-kilowatt hours of energy (kWh).

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And according to energy regulator Ofgem, the average cost of electricity is currently 18.9p per kWh, which, when multiplied by three, costs 56.7p per hour.

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Credit: Alamy

Now, say you switch your heater on when you get back from work, and keep it on for about four hours, that's going to set you back £2.26 a day.

But while that doesn't sound too much, when it's multiplied again by seven, that comes to £15.82.

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And at the end of the month, that will leave you with a chunky £70 bill to pay, which no one needs right now.

So you might want to throw on a few layers and use your electric heater sparingly over the coming months.

An expert recently shared their top tips for keeping our homes warm and to delay switching on the central heating this winter.

So, how long can we leave it?

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Jordan Chance, heating expert at PlumbNation, said: "Turning on your central heating is notably one of the sure signs that winter has arrived.

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"Although there is no single temperature at which you should turn your heating on, many aim for the time when clocks go back, falling this year on 31 October."

But how can we tough it out and resist flicking on the heating until November or later?

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Fear not, Jordan has a few handy tips.

He advised: "There are a series of ways to delay putting your heating on, keeping you warmer for longer and saving you those extra pennies.

"Using a draught excluder is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to keep your home warm, preventing cold air from entering and warm air from leaving under your doors.

"Keeping your curtains closed, or investing in a thermal curtain lining can likewise help to prevent warm air from escaping - this trick alone can reduce heat loss by up to 25 percent."

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Topics: Winter, Weather, UK News

Dominic Smithers
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