How much will your energy bill be after the holiday season?
In a recent Uswitch survey, people predicted that with their friends and family staying with them over the holiday season this year, they would spend around an additional £ 200. With more than half of households (53%) expecting Christmas guests, the cost across the country stands at nearly £ 3 billion.
With two additional days off this year (like the 23rd and 24e fall on a weekend), families and friends will have more time together as the big day approaches, but with that extra time there is an added cost. The study found that, on average, households expect five guests to stay for three days during the season, meaning the already high cost of Christmas will be increased by higher housekeeping bills.
Hosts expect to shell out an additional £ 152 to feed and water their guests, and an additional £ 55 for gas and electricity.
Energy consumption at Christmas
More than two-fifths of Christmas hosts (43%) plan to keep their heaters on longer during the Christmas season, in an effort to keep their guests warm. Using more rooms in the house also means more lights are on (35%), for an average of four extra hours.
The January gas and electricity bill will cover the extra energy used to prepare the traditional Christmas dinner and to boil the kettle. The average host will turn on the kettle 18 times a day, brewing an average of 30 cups of tea per day during the holiday season.
Even when guests are away for Christmas, they still want to stay connected; Hosts expect their guests to travel with an average of three devices per person, which means fifteen extra gadgets to stay charged.
One in three Christmas guests (28%) will keep the television on for four and a half hours longer than they normally would, racking up pounds on bills across the country.
Changing energy now means savings for next year
With forecasters predicting a particularly cold Christmas, consumers across the country are likely to turn up the heat. Whether you’re hosting guests or not, you could save up to £ 491 spending ten minutes or so comparing and switching energy offerings – protecting yourself from windfall bills and recouping some of the party expenses.