Using an electric fan all night could skint you as UK sizzles in heatwave

As temperatures skyrocket over the weekend it might be tempting to leave your electric fan plugged in all night—but experts have warned that it could cost you dearly.

The Met Office has predicted the mercury could hit highs of 34C this weekend, and warned of 'dangerous' temperatures as Britain faces what could be the hottest ever day in June.

Parts of the UK could be hotter than Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cyprus. But just because it's hotter doesn't mean your electric bills will be any cheaper.

Energy switching service Migrate estimates that almost half the population uses electric fans during hot summer nights. But leaving a fan on overnight could soon add up on your electric bill.

An electric fan typically costs around 3.4p per hour, which can soon add up. If you left it plugged in from 10PM to 8AM, it could cost you 33p, which would be £2.35 over the course of the week.

If you have an air con unit it could cost even more, running upwards of £19 over the course of a sweltering summer week.

That's if you can get your hands on a fan or AC. In 2018, UK stores faced a major fan shortage as people rushed to stay cool. Hopefully this won't happen again.

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If you can't get hold of a fan but want to stay cool, there are a few options:

  • Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day
  • Put your socks in the fridge
  • Take a cold shower before you go to bed – getting into bed wet might help
  • Get a spray bottle and fill it with cold water

Max Green of Confused.com told The Mirror: "This year the discomfort isn't limited to the night; many homeworkers won't be able to benefit from the perfectly adjusted air conditioning systems of their employer's offices.

"The stifling heat can confuse our judgement when it comes to deciding whether to fork out for an expensive cooling system.

"They can be costly to buy and run, and are only useful for the few hot days the UK experiences every year."

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