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Want to Stay Cool in UK for 24 Hours? It’ll Cost Households

  • Running the AC for 24 hours will set you back more than £18
  • Sales of cooling equipment are spiking around country

Cool air for 24 hours can set back cash-strapped UK consumers more than £18 ($22) as energy costs soar. And with the country experiencing temperatures in excess of 40 degrees for the first time in its history, those extra expenses may become more frequent.

The cost of operating a 2.7 kilowatt air-conditioning unit has surged 45% over the last two years, according to data provided by Uswitch.com. Running a 40-watt desktop fan, while significantly cheaper at 27 pence for 24 hours, has also increased by about that amount since 2020.