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Brits throw £1bn a year down the drain – because hot water gets too hot

The optimal temperature for hot water is 50 degrees – but half of households don’t even know that their water can be at a different temperature than their radiators

Half of households don't even know that their hot water taps can be set to a different temperature than their radiators
Half of households don’t even know that their hot water taps can be set to a different temperature than their radiators

The nation throws more than a BILLION pounds down the drain every year – because its hot taps are turned on too high.

A study of 2,000 utility bill payers found that 62% are unsure whether their hot water is set to the optimum temperature of 50 degrees.

But reducing the temperature from 70 degrees to 50 degrees could save households £79 on their bills each year.

Taken together across all households not knowing what temperature their tap is producing it means they are potentially wasting £1,077,560,000.

And half of households are not even aware that their hot water tap temperature can be set differently than their radiators.







Turning the heating down just one degree can save you £158 a year
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The research was commissioned by Utilita Energy, whose head of heating, Darren Stubbs, said: “As a nation, our knowledge on the subject is substandard, even though heating water makes up the majority of our energy bills.

“Every time our technicians visit a customer’s property, we carry out a basic check of the hot water and heating system.

“Without exception, we find the hot water temperature to be higher than the optimal temperature of 50 degrees Celsius.”

When asked why they don’t have control over their hot water and heating systems, three in ten adults surveyed via OnePoll said they don’t have a boiler manual.

And almost half (46%) wouldn’t feel safe checking their hot water temperature without the help of someone else – they’d rather rely on a handyman (37%), a friend or family member (27%) or even a neighbor ( 8th %).

The tap is one of five Utilita actions that can help households cut their energy bills by a fifth.

Other ways to save include turning down the heating by one degree, which could save households an average of £158 a year.

It’s estimated that unplugging unused devices saves £54 on annual bills, and remembering to turn off the lights can save £25 on costs.

Finally, by reducing laundry temperatures to 30 degrees, UK households can save £16 a year.

In total, each household could potentially save £332 a year by following these five simple steps.

Darren Stubbs added: “We wanted to understand why households are not making these important changes in their settings that offer them the potential to save a lot of money.

“The top three barriers, in order of magnitude, are: lack of knowledge, confidence in change, and an underestimation of the savings to be made.

“We hope this awareness campaign and easy-to-follow advice will help millions of UK homes save energy.”

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https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/household-bills/energy-bills-hot-water-costs-27321066 Brits throw £1bn a year down the drain - because hot water gets too hot

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