We are all looking for ways to save money right now. Whether you are turning down your thermostat a notch or putting on an extra sweater there are plenty of tricks to help save a little extra here and there.
One TikTok user says they have spotted a way to save that may appeal to anyone who loves a hot drink.
Millions of households will see their energy bills hiked by almost £700 from this April, after the regulator Ofgem confirmed it is increasing its price cap.
Taking to TikTok to share their tip, scott8bits tagged the hack as “How to get cheaper energy bill. How to save money”.
In the video they explained that it costs as much as £400 each to frequently boil your kettle.
So, instead of boiling the kettle each time you fancy a cuppa, why not fill your kettle up to the max before turning it on. Then after you’ve poured out enough for a cuppa, put the rest – roughly five or six cups – should be poured into a thermos and saved for later.
The thermos will keep the extra water heated ready for the next time you fancy a brew, meaning you don’t need to use the kettle again that day.
This means, if it costs 18p each time you boil the kettle, then you’d be spending at least £65 a year on your daily tea intake.
However, you’d need to actually drink the tea in the thermos to make it worthwhile and of course, if your a family or a big tea or coffee drinker it might not be as useful for you.
The TikTok user said: “The trick means you always have instant hot water – and it even means there’s less limescale in your kettle.
“As an extra bonus, it saves the planet too – win, win!”
You should keep in mind that not everyone will use as much as £400 each year on boiling their kettle.
It also depends on the power rating on your appliance and how many hot drinks you have a day.
A standard 3kW kettle costs around 9p if in use for 10 minutes, according to figures from Uswitch.
This means if you filled up your kettle for just one cup of tea, you’d use around 1p worth of energy.
Energy experts actually argue the opposite of what scott8bits has said in the TikTok video – and say filling the kettle up with only what you need is actually the best way to keep costs down.
This is particularly relevant if you find yourself wasting kettle water.
If you only make one cup of tea a day, then you’re unlikely to make a saving by filling up the whole kettle.
Another way to save money when using a kettle is to switch it off at the wall.
If you have a money saving tip to share let us know.
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