Cost of running a hot bath goes up by 90% as other households expenses skyrocket

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HOUSEHOLDS will have to pay an extra £20 a week this year — just to take a bath, analysis shows.

The total cost in 2023 for three dips every seven days will be £1,023.36 — approaching double the £542.88 last year, experts have found.

It has been calculated that running a bath is 89 per cent up in price from the start of 2022

Brits have been advised to save energy by only putting the dishwasher on when it is full, and washing the car monthly

Taking showers, boiling a kettle, using the washing machine and dishwasher and cleaning the car will also shoot up in price.

It comes ahead of the removal of the Energy Bills Support Scheme in April and continuing sky-high fuel costs — although water rates have remained the same.

Yorkshire Water says the average cost of using hot water appliances this year will rise 18 per cent.

They calculated that running a bath was by far the most costly — 89 per cent up on 2022 — and suggested switching from three baths to five showers a week, and halving shower times.

They say showering will cost £301.60 in 2023, 18 per cent up on the £256 in 2022. Boiling the kettle four times a day will be £21.90 over the year — that’s 17 per cent up on the £18.69 last year.

Running the washing machine will be £262.08 — 18 per cent higher than the £222.77 in 2022.

It will be 19 per cent costlier to use the dishwasher, rising to £280.80 from £235.60

Washing the car fortnightly will be £17.76 compared to £15.14 which is 17 per cent more expensive.

Yorkshire Water reckons the public can save £700 on heating costs with changes to their daily habits.

They advise Brits to only put the dishwasher on when it is full, and to wash the car monthly.

If you must have a bath, they say, try to make it weekly.

To avoid high kettle costs, they go on, you could limit yourself to two cuppas a day instead of the four average.

Spokeswoman Emily Brady joked: “No-one needs that much caffeine!”

She added: “Managing water use in the home is a great way to keep bills down. The environmental benefits to saving water are well known, but there are also great cost savings to reducing your usage — especially when heating water.

“Our findings clearly show you can make a difference to how much you spend. If each household could make a few small changes, they could save a fortune annually.”