British Gas customers urged to limit showers to 'four minutes' in June

British Gas has shared some "ingenius" ways to keep your home cool and house out of the heatwave blast this summer. British Gas has helpfully shared its "top tips for saving energy in summer" ahead of the June, July and August heatwaves.

British Gas urged customers: "Keep the curtains open for as long as you can and let the natural light in. Switch the lights off in rooms you’re not using and swap to LED bulbs. Open windows and internal doors to let natural ventilation flow through instead of using an electric fan.

"Defrost your fridge to keep ice under control and make sure it’s working efficiently. Dry your laundry outside or on a rack instead of using the tumble dryer. Take a four-minute shower instead of a bath. Wash your laundry at 30°C and avoid half loads.

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"Remember to switch your appliances off standby. Turn your heating thermostat down. Get your boiler serviced ready for winter." British Gas service and repair engineer, Joanna Flowers, said: “During the summer months, it’s easy to forget that energy-hungry appliances are still working hard to keep our homes cool.

“Making a few easy changes around the house can have a big impact on people’s bills and the environment. Here are my top tips for staying cool and having an energy-efficient summer.” Ms Flowers urged: “Try to limit fan usage where possible, and if you do need to switch one on, position the fan at floor level so it circulates cool air instead of the warmer air higher up. Even better, open your window at night instead of relying on the fan to keep you cool.”

Ms Flowers noted: “Watch out though, during a heatwave, it’s best to leave windows shut when the day is at its hottest to help keep your house cool. It might be tempting to open them, but when the air outside is warmer than it is inside, it’ll only add to the indoor temperature. Open them early in the morning or later in the evening to let the air in.”