Vampire electronics are costing households £110 a year

New research by British Gas has revealed that Brits could save 23% on their electricity bills each year by switching off their vampire electronics, those that continue to drain power when left on standby.

With the average annual electricity bill currently at £474.44, Brits could in fact save an average of £110 per household per year by simply flicking a switch. This equates to a scary £2.2bn across all UK households.

The new research reveals that 43% of respondents are concerned about their winter energy usage. With two in five (40%) saying they are already seeing an increase in their energy bills, it’s no surprise that almost half (45%) admit they are more interested than ever to make energy savings.

Yet, almost most one in five (16%) Brits are unaware that many household appliances use up electricity whilst not in use as over two in five (41%) only occasionally switch these appliances off. Almost one third (31%) said they wish they’d known appliances were costing them money whilst on standby.

Unsurprisingly, almost two thirds (64%) said they will make more effort to switch their appliances off now they know they could save money. Interestingly, almost three in four (72%) of those aged 54-65 said they would switch off appliances to save money on bills, compared to just over one third (39%) of 18-24-year olds who found the idea less appealing.

However, almost one in four (23%) said that they will continue to leave appliances on standby when inactive despite the fact it could save them money. Over two in five (43%) said this was because the effort of switching them off isn’t worth the cost saving and one in four (25%) said they just don’t care.

The top vampire devices and what they’re costing UK households:

Appliance

% of people who said they leave appliance on standby

Average hours left on standby in a 24-hour period

Total cost per year x % on standby

Total cost per year x % of UK households

Set top box/ satellite

83

21

£18.20

£419,946,800

Modem/ internet router

87

19.3

£14.72

£356,005,021

Television

61

20

£18.37

£311,574,987

Microwave

61

22.4

£11.84

£200,818,897

Games Console

74

22.4

£9.12

£187,704,414

Computer

72

21.7

£8.65

£173,159,750

Smart speakers/ smart home devices

85

22.3

£6.76

£159,841,197

Shower

76

22.6

£7.25

£153,116,025

Dishwasher

79

22.4

£5.05

£110,852,463

Tumble dryer

72

22.5

£3.51

£70,256,160

Washing machine

62

22.3

£3.48

£59,960,597

Printer

59

22.7

£2.75

£45,175,482

Mobile device charger

51

21.4

£0.93

£13,147,732

TOTAL

 

 

£110.64

£2,261,559,524

Energy expert Marc Robson at British Gas said:

“While colder weather means a rise in bills is inevitable, there are some things we can do to reduce our energy usage at home this winter which will really help the bank balance and the environment.

“Almost a third of total heating costs in the home are wasted through the roof and the walls and with vampire appliances, this figure is almost half of our electricity bills on wasted energy. Just switching some of these off can really help save straight away and those with a smart meter will be able to see the impact of this in real time. Turn it down or turn it off is a great motto for fighting the vampires.”

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