British Gas, Eon and EDF customers warned not to use oven or washing machines

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Major energy firms including British Gas, EON, EDF and Octopus Energy are advising customers to avoid using large appliances such as ovens or washing machines this weekend. The warning comes as Ofgem is set to adjust the energy price cap.

The change comes into effect on Monday, July 1 and will see the cap reduced by 7 per cent. That's an average of £118 per household, reports the Express.

This means that households on a standard variable tariff - which still includes most households, as cheaper fixed rates have only recently returned to the market - will pay 7 percent less for every unit of electricity and gas they use from July 1. Ovens, known for their high running costs, can consume anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 kWh when in use. This implies that operating your oven for one hour could cost one to two units of electricity.

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However, from Monday, those units will be 7 percent cheaper. Activities like using the washing machine, running the dishwasher, or hoovering are all tasks you could 'postpone' until Monday to save money, as these are some of the most expensive items to operate in the house.

Lastly, charging an electric car on Monday instead of this weekend could result in significant savings, unless you're on a cheaper Sunday tariff that allows you to charge your car at a discount, as some EV focused tariffs do. But ultimately, delaying as many household tasks and electricity uses until Monday could push all of your highest usage into the cheaper days from July, potentially saving you a bit of money.

It's certainly worth considering a cheaper fix as soon as possible, given that the best deals are quickly disappearing. Currently, there are energy fixes promising to undercut the July 1 price cap by 3-5 per cent, but these are expected to vanish as energy prices are predicted to surge by approximately 12 per cent in October.

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