Fairy Liquid introduces change to help UK households cut cost of soaring energy and water bills

Fairy has rolled out a change to help customers with the cost of living crisis

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Fairy Liquid has been changed in a bid to help people save money amid the cost of living crisis.

Millions of households are now paying out hundreds more per month for their energy bills, leaving many looking for ways to help cut down on costs.

Fairy Liquid has been changed in a bid to help people save money (Photo: Adobe)Fairy Liquid has been changed in a bid to help people save money (Photo: Adobe)
Fairy Liquid has been changed in a bid to help people save money (Photo: Adobe)

Cleaning giant Fairy has now unveiled a change to its iconic bottles of Fairy Liquid as customers look to save money over the coming months.

The manufacturers have changed the ingredients and added a new instruction to the label of bottles that could help to reduce water and energy bills.

A new label has appeared on bottles that reads: “New. Brilliant in cold. Save energy.”

Traditionally, Fairy instructions have advised customers to use washing up liquid in warm water to clean dishes effectively.

However, the company has confirmed that the new formula will work in cooler temperatures and will still provide a “brilliant clean”.

A spokesperson for Fairy said: "Fairy’s upgraded formula delivers a fast activating clean from start to finish, designed to clean quickly even in cooler water temperatures.

"With Fairy’s new formula, you can wash in cooler temperatures and still get a brilliant clean."

Energy price cap takes effect

The change comes as the government’s energy price cap to shield households and businesses from the worst of the impact of soaring oil and gas prices came into effect on Saturday (1 October).

The new Energy Price Guarantee replaces the £1,971 cap and limits the unit price paid for electricity and gas.

The government said this means the annual bill for a typical household in England, Scotland and Wales will be held to around £2,500 for the next two years. A similar scheme will operate in Northern Ireland.

Without action, energy bills had been expected to hit £3,500 from October rising as high as £6,500 next year, according to the government.

However, Money Saving Expert founder Martin Lewis has warned households that there is no cap of £2,500 cap on energy bills this winter.

This is because the government’s plan only caps the cost per unit that households pay, meaning actual bills will still be determined by how much energy is consumed. The consumer saving is based on usage, meaning if households use more energy they could end up paying more than £2,500.

It comes after Liz Truss falsely claimed that nobody in the UK will pay no more than £2,500 for their annual energy bill from October during a round of interviews on Thursday.

Mr Lewis clarified that the cap is actually on the standing charges and the unit rates for gas and electricity, meaning if you use more energy, you will pay more.

He said that communicating there is a price cap is “risky” because some people may mistakenly think they can leave the heating on all the time in winter without being charged more than £2,500.

In a tweet posted on Thursday, he wrote: “The reason it is so important NOT to communicate that there is a £2,500 cap (is) it risks some people, possibly vulnerable elderly people, thinking they can keep the heat on max all winter, and they won’t pay more than a certain amount.”

In another tweet, he added: “THERE IS NO £2,500 CAP ON ENERGY BILLS.

"Instead the new 1 Oct guarantee, like the old caps, limits - Daily charge (28p gas, 46p elec) - & Unit rates (10p/kWh gas, 34p/kWh elec).

"So use more, pay more. £2,500 is just what someone with avg use’d pay."

Households will also see the first instalment of the £400 energy bill support scheme in their October electricity bill, with the discount to be automatically applied monthly in six instalments between October and March 2023.

Businesses, charities and public sector organisations will also be protected over the next six months.

Liz Truss said: “Livelihoods and businesses were at stake. The government’s energy support limits the price they pay for gas and electricity, shields them from massive bill increases, and is expected to curb inflation too. The cost of not acting would have been enormous.”