A common washing machine mistake could add £28 to your bills

Soaring costs for everything from energy to water mean we’re all paying more to run our homes. This month alone, the energy price cap has increased by £700.

For default direct debit account holders, this means the cap has been raised from £1,277 to £1,971, an increase of £693. Price caps limit the amount households can be charged for each unit of gas and electricity they use.

The average water bill has also risen to £420 this year this year, another blow to household finances. But if you’re looking to save money, you can start with your washing machine, reports the Mirror.

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Many of us turn it on without thinking. However, there are more economical ways to use your washing machine without letting it run too long or at too high temperatures.

British Gas experts estimate that running your washing machine on a 30° cycle instead of using higher temperatures can save around £28 on your annual bill. And drying your clothes outside as much as you can could save even more.

Joanna Flowers, an engineer at British Gas, said: “There are several things you can do to be more energy efficient with the washing machine. Use economy settings to save water and energy and dry your clothes outside as much as you can when the weather permits.

“In winter, you should also avoid drying clothes on radiators as much as possible, as this will force your boiler to work harder to heat the room. Setting your washing machine to wash at 30 degrees rather than higher temperatures will save around £28 a year on energy bills.

Water and sewer bills in England and Wales are expected to rise by 1.7% this year, Water UK said, but some households could see their bills rise more or less than that average figure. Some parts of the country, such as Essex, will see their bills rise by 10%.

Around £200 of the average bill goes towards paying for water and the remaining £219 towards sewerage costs.

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