AN ENGINEER has revealed how you could save more than £50 just by swapping how you boil water.
Posting on TikTok as @dinosaurdannyx, he reveals how boiling water on the hob, instead of using a kettle, can help you save on your energy bills.
Households are being clobbered with eye-watering hikes to energy bills as a cost of living crisis bites.
Energy bills are set to increase by £1,578 from October 1, regulator Ofgem confirmed yesterday.
It means hard-up households are struggling to pay their bills, facing the difficult decision between heating or eating.
As costs soar, you'll want to know how to lower your bills.
On TikTok, the academic shows the maths behind some of his money saving hacks.
The social media mathematician worked out how to measure the flow of gas used by his stove when he boiled two litres of water.
It took 667.2 seconds to boil the water on the hob and used 0.27kwh of energy.
He then worked out that he pays 7.37p per kwh for gas and that it cost him 1.99p to boil the water on the hob.
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Over the year, this works out at £72.63.
Although kettles usually take fewer units of energy to heat water, the current sky-high cost of electricity cancels out these savings.
Using his electric kettle to boil the same volume of water cost 3.49p – more than double the cost of using the hob.
Over the year, a whopping £54.75 could be saved just by swapping how you boil water.
Making other changes to the way you're making a cuppa will save you cash too.
According to Utilita, leaving a kettle switched on at the wall adds £4.87 to an end-of-year energy bill.
Turn it off at the plug will help you keep that fiver in your pocket.
Can I get help with my energy bills?
Energy suppliers are offering cash grants to those hardest hit by bill rises.
For instance British Gas is giving out up to £750 through its hardship fund.
But the amount can vary according to your supplier and your circumstances.
Ask your supplier what's on offer and how to apply, or check here:
- Bulb energy fund
- EDF's energy customer support fund
- E.on's energy fund
- Npower's energy fund
- Ovo's debt and energy assistance
- Scottish Power's hardship fund
Those on certain benefits will also receive an automatic £150 energy bill discount through the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
Cold weather payments up £25 a day are also on offer when temperatures plummet below zero for households on low incomes.
Earlier today, Martin Lewis warned that 'catastrophic' rises would harm households.
Experts have warned the crisis will only get worse. Consultancy Auxilione estimating households will be paying more than £6,500 a year for bills from April.
Energy bills have rocketed 35 times faster than wages.
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The payment is made automatically, including to those on Universal Credit, for each seven day period of low temperatures between November 1 and March 31.
Anyone getting the state pension should also get winter fuel payments worth £100s. Winter fuel payments are a tax-free payment that comes from the government each year and is worth between £100 and £300.
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