Enough to make you sweat! How much is it costing Brits to keep cool during this heatwave?

London, 23rd July 2019: The heatwave is here folks – and this one is HOT. According to reports, the weather could bring the hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK. Global warming, eh Mr. Trump.

In the South East the mercury could hit 37C – that’s plenty high enough to have Brits running for the final air conditioning units and electric fans on the shelves.

So as Brits attempt to cool their homes and get through the night without melting, auto-switching company WeFlip has crunched the numbers to reveal how much it costs to keep us cool.

Taking a standard 3KW home air conditioning unit, the costs per hour is approx. 0.4200. Assuming sleeping butt-naked with no covers isn’t enough and you keep the AC running for 12 hours – that would cost you around £5 a night.

And if this heatwave is here to stay for a whole month then keeping cool for 12 hours a night will burn through your wallet – costing a whopping £153. Thank god then that Britain’s weather is more unpredictable than a Conservative leadership election, as the yearly cost of chilling yourself would be £1839.

With a severe shortage of AC units reported as Brits aim to beat the heat, WeFlip has also looked at the cost of standard electric fans.

WeFlip took a typical 50KW fan and multiplied it by the average price of a unit of energy in the UK (0.13), then multiplied that by 12hours (your sleep time).

So that noisy electric fan is going to cost you roughly 78p a night to run – adding £5.46 on to your energy bill a week assuming this heatwave is going to hang around.

And the auto-switching experts also worked the costs of a home swimming pool. There’s nothing like a dip in the pool on a hot summer’s day but spare a thought for the bill payer. The average heated outdoor swimming pool cost per day is between £10-£15 (SPATA) – around £90 per week.

A WeFlip spokesperson, said:

“Us Brits spend half the year moaning about the lack of sunshine, but when a heatwave like this comes along it leaves us desperate for some cool air.

The stats reveal that the dash for air conditioning and electric fans comes at a cost though, so we’re warning customers to not expect a cool period on their bills when the sun is shining. It’s not just winter when energy costs more.

Brits are already sweating over their energy bills thanks to providers typically transferring them to expensive standard variable tariffs (SVTs) so our best advice is to auto-switch today. Oh, and make friends with someone who owns a swimming pool.”


For further information please contact:

Lewis Davey at lewis.davey@weflip.com