The thought of how much it costs to power a floor fan during an energy price crisis can be enough to make anyone break into a cold sweat.
However, moneytransfers.com’s advice on how to cool your home in a cost-effective way in time heat wave will come as some consolation.
Research has shown that the average 110kw floor fan uses 2p of energy an hour or 40p a day if turned on for 20 hours.
This will only add £12 a month to your bill.
An air conditioning unit is the most expensive way to beat the heat. It will use 23p an hour, or £4.60 a day.
This will leave you with a larger-than-usual energy bill of £138.
Ceiling fans are not common in the UK, but they are extremely economical, using only 6p a day or £1.80 a month.
If you don’t have a fan, you can keep your home cool by tactically using windows.
Open windows and keep blinds open in the morning and evening when it’s cool (open windows all night if safe) and keep hot air and sunlight out during the day.
Earlier on Tuesday, a temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius (104.3 degrees Fahrenheit) was recorded at Heathrow Airport – a new all-time UK record.
How to stay safe in the heat – official advice
Avoid the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and avoid physical exertion
Drink plenty of water and avoid drinking too much alcohol
Close curtains in rooms facing the sun
Never leave anyone in a parked car – and check for elderly and vulnerable neighbors
Go in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat
Check medicines can be stored according to the instructions – and check that your refrigerator, freezer and fan are working properly
In Charlwood, Surrey, the mercury hit 39.1C (102.3F) – breaking the previous record of 38.7C (101.7F) set in 2019 at the Cambridge Botanic Gardens.
The night time record was broken overnight, when Kenley in Surrey hit 25.8 degrees Celsius (78.4 degrees Fahrenheit), while Kew Gardens and Heathrow surpassed the previous temperature record on Tuesday noon, recorded a temperature of 38.8 degrees Celsius (101.8 degrees Fahrenheit).