You've been washing your hair all wrong – the right way means you will save loads of cash and the timing is key | The Sun

AN expert has revealed the right time to wash your hair – and it will save you heaps of money on energy bills.

As the cost-of-living crisis continues to sweep through the world, millions of households are looking for ways to slash the costs, whether that means making five delicious meals for just £25 or updating their interior to keep warm without heating.

But according to an expert, the time of the day you wash your hair can also help with the rising energy bills.

Although the hairdryer, The Express reported, is not the appliance which consumes the most energy, people use it on a daily basis – and it's not a cheap habit.

According to USwitch, using a hairdryer for just eight minutes uses up to 1.8 kilowatts and the cost of electricity currently stands at 34p per kWh, according to the energy regulator Ofgem.

This means that for the UK households, the average cost of using a hairdryer for eight minutes costs 6p every day – but the number can easily add up if the appliance is used by more than just one person.

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Experts at Homebuilding revealed that knowing peak and off-peak timings is essential to save money this winter.

To cut the costs, you first need to check the tariff your house is attached to, such as the Economy 7, SSE's Off-peak E and Green Energy UK's Tide Tariff.

If you are on one of these or a similar tariff, "households should be able to save money" by using the hairdryer "at night as power is less in demand''.

According to the gurus, the same applies to all the other appliances.

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The cheaper Economy 7 time period usually runs either 11pm to 6am, 12am to 7am, or 1am to 8am.

There, for those looking to save cash, it's recommended to have a shower and wash their hair at night.

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Alternatively, if you prefer a morning shower, you can do this before heading to work, ideally around 7am or earlier.

Mark Robinson, head of product management at tech accessories brand Belkin, backed this up saying: "Most providers set off-peak hours between midnight to 7am when electricity is charged at a cheaper rate.

"If your meter shows two sets of numbers rather than a single reading, you are on an Economy seven or Economy 10 meter.

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"Meaning you’ll have seven or 10 hours at night where electricity is charged at a less expensive rate.

"It will vary by provider, but in an evening these may fall between 8pm to 10pm and then a second window later into the night from midnight to 5am," he explained.

How to save on your energy bills

SWITCHING energy providers can sound like a hassle – but fortunately it’s pretty straight forward to change supplier – and save lots of cash.

Shop around – If you're on an SVT deal you are likely throwing away up to £250 a year. Use a comparion site such as MoneySuperMarket.com, uSwitch or EnergyHelpline.com to see what deals are available to you.

The cheapest deals are usually found online and are fixed deals – meaning you'll pay a fixed amount usually for 12 months.

Switch – When you've found one, all you have to do is contact the new supplier.

It helps to have the following information – which you can find on your bill –  to hand to give the new supplier.

  • Your postcode
  • Name of your existing supplier
  • Name of your existing deal and how much you pay
  • An up-to-date meter reading

It will then notify your current supplier and begin the switch.

It should take no longer than three weeks to complete the switch and your supply won't be interrupted in that time.

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