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You could save £20 a year by cutting your shower time short

New research from E.ON shows that cutting down by 2 minutes could mean savings

hand grabbing moneyThe average Brit now spends around 100 hours in the bath and shower every year.

This is according to new research from E.ON, which also found that Brits could cut their energy bills by getting out of the shower a few minutes earlier.

 Brits’ bathing habits

The average bath time is 19.5 minutes, and Brits indulge in five showers and three baths every week.

Women were found to spend slightly more time bathing; the fairer sex averaged nine-and-a-half minutes in the shower, while their male counterparts were found to take an average of nine minutes.

What’s more, younger Brits spend more time washing themselves than their older counterparts do, it was revealed, with 18- to 24-year-olds taking around 13 minutes to shower, and spending 22 minutes in the bath.

This is compared to the seven minutes in the shower and 17 minutes in the bath that people over the age of 65 averaged.

This means that younger people are spending 25% longer in the bath and twice as long in the shower.

Shower less and save on your energy bill

It was revealed that Brits could shave £20 off their bills each year by simply cutting two minutes off shower time.

Beverley Maguire, energy efficiency expert at E.ON, commented: “Many of us are guilty of spending too long in the shower. We’d urge people to think about speeding up their shower time which might help family harmony at the same time as cutting energy use.”

The survey also indicated people might be staying in the shower that little bit longer because they lose track of time, with more than a quarter listening to music while bathing, and almost a fifth singing to themselves.

Keeping an eye on those bills

Many Brits are keen to do everything they can to save a little bit of cash, with fuel bills soaring and the recent news that many consumers have been overcharged on their household bills this year.

Research from uSwitch has found that in the past year, seven in ten people were charged more than they should have been on at least one bill. What’s more, over a third has been overcharged more than once.

The average amount to be overcharged by stands at a massive £196, although 11 per cent said they had been overcharged by £400 or more.

According the research, companies that send household bills through every month, including utilities, telecoms and mortgages, could have overcharged their customers by some £6.7 billion, just in the past year.

The most common reason people were overcharged were charges that should not have been applied (42 per cent), while 32 per cent admitted they had been overcharged with an incorrect tariff, and 25 per cent did not receive a special offer or discount as promised.

What’s more, it is far from simple for consumers to reclaim their money, with an estimated eight hours and £23 being spent on calls by those trying to resolve the issue. In addition, customers had to wait almost two months on average to have their money returned to them.

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