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Eight energy-hungry household items and appliances costing you hundreds of dollars


Households could be wasting energy in an age of still high costs simply by leaving their appliances on when not in use.

Experts estimate that over £500 a year is spent paying for energy used by items left on or on standby – the wasted energy being dubbed ‘phantom load’.

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And with the ongoing cost of living crisis, every unit of wasted energy will cost people more than 36% more when the price cap is raised in April.

One-third of every UK energy bill is accounted for by phantom charging, which costs around £506 a year and wasted is expected to rise to £819 in October when the energy price cap is set to rise, experts say be lifted again.

However, the good news is that there are ways to reduce it.

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All of these devices consume huge amounts of power when turned on or in standby. It might be time to take a look around the house at your “phantom load” – the energy consumed in the background when not in use.

Common Culprits of Phantom Loading

Average annual cost (current @20.8p per unit)

Average annual cost (April @28.3p per unit)

Average annual cost (October at 33.6 pence per unit – 20% increase)

Extra fridges, old fridges or “beer fridges”




desktop computers




Faulty decoder recorder




Exterior security lights too sensitive




Traditional (non-intelligent) electric heating (heating an empty house – 40% of the time)




Electric underfloor heating (1 additional hour per day)




Two 60W outdoor lights on for 10 hours per night




Electric towel dryer




Steve Buckley, Head of Data Science at Loop, explains, “A lot of people I talk to are really worried about their energy bills right now, and unfortunately things aren’t expected to get better for some time yet. time.

“The reality is that the only way to reduce our energy bills right now is to reduce the amount of energy we use and the key to that is to measure our use. If you measure it, you can control it. If you measure it, you can see the impact of the changes you make.

“Understanding whether your phantom load is low, medium or high is the first step towards reducing it and can lead to big savings.

“Our app connects to your smart meter so you can compare yourself to other households, track your usage and use data to your advantage. You can easily identify the culprits that are draining your energy and adding pounds to your bills. “