MARTIN LEWIS ADVICE: The Money Saving Expert has offered some more advice (Image by ITV)
Reporting by Rachel Pugh
Apparently there are certain times that Britons should avoid using the washing machine.
Money saving expert Martin Lewis told viewers of ITV’s This Morning that using appliances at certain times can help keep bills lower. In a segment on the popular breakfast programme, Martin was asked by hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby about the feared electrical blackouts that could affect the country this winter.
The MEN reports that the pair had received a call from a concerned viewer asking if switching to an economy-7 meter will save energy and help with the National Grid surges. Martin Lewis said: “We are looking at energy difficulties this winter. We hope there will not be any blackouts.”
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The Money Saving Expert went on to explain that peak times for energy usage is between 4pm and 7pm. He added that the whole of the UK needs to work together to make sure that black outs don’t happen over winter.
Martin told households that it would be best not for you high energy items, such as washing machines, between those hours. He also advised the worried caller that installing an Economy-7 meter would only benefit certain customers.
He said: “The rough rule of thumb is that you want storage heaters and 40% or more of your electric to be in overnight period to be worth while. If your house isn’t set up to do that don’t bother.”
These kind of meters have to be specially installed. They track day and night use of electricity separately – this means a different kWh rate can be offered to customers via and Economy 7 tariff.
They allow people to get cheaper electricity for certain hours of each night. So if you use more energy within the specified tariff hours, it could work out better for you.
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