Surprising Summer Garden Device Could Add £125 To Your Bills

They may make your garden look sparkly in the summer, but outdoor lighting can add £125 to your utility bill.

Millions of households are looking for ways to lower their energy bills as prices rise.

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Your outdoor lighting can cost you a fortuneCredit: Getty

Ofgem’s boss warned that the price cap could rise to somewhere “near £2,800” in October, adding another £830 in bills.

It comes as another crippling blow to budgets as six million households have an average of £188 in debt to their supplier.

You may want to reconsider whether you really need to turn on your outdoor lighting as prices are rising – we’ll explain why.

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Leaving just two 60-watt outdoor lights on for 10 hours a night could add £125 a year to your utility bill, according to energy expert Loop.

It may not seem like much, but on top of all the energy consumption from your home appliances, it can all add up.

How do you avoid a bill of € 125?

When purchasing lamps, try to choose an energy-efficient option.

An alternative is to consider solar-powered lights, which absorb the sun’s energy during the day and use it to work once it gets dark.

It means the bulbs don’t require as much electricity from the mains to operate — and cut your bills.

You could also try ditching your lights altogether.

If you have a fire pit, you can light a fire – which consumes no energy and also keeps you warm.

What other garden tools are pushing up my bills?

One of the biggest energy-hungry appliances you’ll find in your yard is a hot tub.

Loop estimates that some of the least energy efficient models – which are often the cheapest – can add as much as £300 a month to the electric bill.

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When you fire up the grill, you might be tempted to plug in that extra fridge to keep the food and drinks chilled.

But Loop said an unused spare fridge could cost £99 a year to keep running.

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