A tumble dryer failure could add £40 a year to your energy bill

If you’re looking to lower your bills, you can start by getting rid of your tumble dryer. British Gas experts suggest you could save £40 by doing one thing

Tumble dryers are big energy guzzlers
Tumble dryers are big energy guzzlers

Energy bills have skyrocketed in the last month, with the typical household paying hundreds of pounds more for gas and electricity.

Energy regulator Ofgem raised its price cap by an unprecedented £700 on April 1.

For those on a standard plan paying by direct debit, the price cap has increased from £1,277 to £1,971 – an increase from £693.

Prepay customers have seen a bigger jump, with their price cap increasing by £708 from £1,309 to £2,017.

The price cap limits how much households can be billed for each unit of gas and electricity they use.

But if you want to lower your bills, you can start by getting rid of your tumble dryer.

How the energy bill crisis is affecting you

If you have an outside space in the summer and the weather is nice, British Gas experts recommend drying your clothes outside to save £40 a year.

If you don’t have a garden or balcony, you can also use a drying rack. This should be done in a well-ventilated area so you don’t create mold in your home.

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Joanna Flowers, an engineer at British Gas, said: “You can save an average of £40 a year on your electricity bill by line drying laundry in the summer instead of using a tumble dryer.”

British Gas also estimates that running your washing machine on a 30° cycle instead of higher temperatures can save around £28 on your annual bill.

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“There are several things you can do to make your washing machine more energy efficient,” Ms Flowers said.

“Use economy settings to conserve water and energy, and dry your clothes outside as much as possible when the weather permits.

“Also, try to avoid drying clothes on radiators in winter, as this overloads the boiler to heat the room.”

For other ways to cut your bills, The Mirror looked at whether it’s cheaper to take a shower or bath and whether you’re better off using an electric heater or gas heaters.

We’ve also highlighted a simple fridge freezer mistake that could skyrocket your energy bills.

And here’s whether you’re better off using a microwave or regular oven when cooking to keep your costs down.

When it comes to getting the most out of your kettle, you should only add as much water as you need.

Many of us feel guilty about not following this rule – and it could add £87 to your energy bill.

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