IN case you hadn’t notice, the UK is in the middle of a heatwave.
Shoppers have been hitting the shops in a desperate attempt to keep cool but some are already reporting that they’ve sold out of fans.
There’s nothing worse than sweltering away at your desk or losing sleep at night because your room’s too stuffy.
We’ve picked out some of the best models on offer and found where you can buy them for less.
But before you go handing over your cash for the latest tech to keep you chilled, we’ve put together a round up of some of the cheaper alternatives.
From cooling wrist bands to a cup that makes Slush Puppies, prices start at £2.98 so you’re bound to be able to pick up a bargain that will get you through the sweltering heat.
Cooling Wrist Wraps
- £13.95 from Amazon – buy now
- £9.99 from Amazon (save £2) – buy now
Stainless steel camping bottle
- £12.99 from Argos – buy now
Slush Puppie making cup
- £7.95 from Genie Gadgets – buy now
Magicool hot weather cooling spray
- £6.99 from Amazon – buy now
Gomake cool towel
- £9.48 (was £11.99, save £2.51) – buy now
Cooling gel pillow
- £5.99 from Amazon – buy now
Foldable handheld fan
- £2.98 from Amazon – buy now
Fabric hand fan
- £4.99 from Amazon – buy now
Climate control pillow
- £8 from Amazon (was: £12, save: £4) – buy now
Of course, while these products cost less than £15, you need to factor in the cost of postage and packaging which could tip you over your budget.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member you will be able to enjoy free next day delivery on some products.
If your goods arrive but you’re not happy with them then you do have a right to return it, regardless of whether you bought it online or in store.
High street stores don’t have to give you a refund unless the item is faulty, but online shoppers are protected by the Consumer Contracts Regulations and have 14 days from when you received your goods to return it.
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There are fears that the exceedingly hot weather will cause a drought in parts of the UK.
Water companies have the power to impose restrictions on how households can use water in times of “serious shortage”.
Temporary bans can make it illegal for householders to water gardens or wash the car with a hosepipe.
And on July 16, it was announced that United Utilities was restricting hosepipe use for seven million households from August 5.
Northern Ireland was the first area to bring in a hosepipe ban, it is the first time it has done so in six years.
What are your rights on returns?
YOUR right to return an item depends on whether you paid for your shopping online or in store.
Hight street stores don’t have to give you a refund unless the item is faulty.
This means that if you decide you no longer want it after you’ve bought it, then shops don’t have to accept it back.
But most stores have a goodwill returns policy where you can bring your item back in exchange for a refund or credit note, as long as you still have the receipt.
Often, this period lasts between 14 and 30 days – it normally lets you know on the bottom of the receipt.
Your rights are different if you order something online.
Online shopping is protected by the Consumer Contracts Regulations so you have 14 days from when you received your goods to return something, even if it’s not faulty.
This is because your decision was based on a photograph and description.
Retailers then have 14 calendar days to refund you after returning the goods or evidence that they’d been returned – so always keep hold of proof of purchase.
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