Survey Reveals Appalling Waste of Money Caused by Leaving Electrics on Standby

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27th June 2012 15:19 - Utilities

Ground-breaking market research into the UK’s energy use has uncovered some shocking data - the nation is currently wasting £13 billion every year unnecessarily due to homeowners leaving gadgets on standby.

British households were found to spend between £50-£86 on appliances in a standby state, which is equivalent to 9% to 16% of an average electricity bill.

The survey was carried out by the Energy Saving Trust in partnership with up with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Titled ‘Powering the Nation’, the study was commissioned to discover the electricity consumption habits of UK households and determine how people use their numerous appliances and gadgets.

Not only is neglecting to turn off energy sapping gadgets and appliances such as computers and televisions costing a fortune, the provision of heat and power to UK homes is responsible for more than a quarter of Britain’s carbon emissions.

The study of 250 households further revealed that televisions are generally on for more than 6 hours a day, contrary to the previously estimated 5 hours. This equates to the nation being glued to the box for 10 billion additional hours per year, adding £205 million to electricity bills.

Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, commented: “It’s crucial that households make informed decisions by having the right advice to help them reduce their energy usage and fuel bills. This research shows that there’s still more work to be done with consumer advice, product innovation and take-up of energy efficiency labelling.”

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