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Five common standby appliances adding £300 to energy bills


We are all guilty of leaving chargers, televisions and other electrical equipment plugged in, even when we are not using them. However, even when you think the devices are off, they can still consume power.

A warning has been issued over the use of five ‘vampire’ household appliances which add nearly £300 to your bills. It happens even when you think you’re no longer using the product, reports Lincolnshire Live.

British Gas claims that up to 23% of household energy consumption could come from vampire appliances. This is £293 of the current energy bill cap of £1,277.

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Ofgem is regulating the energy price cap – which will rise by 54% to £1,971 in April, meaning you could soon be spending even more on vampire appliances. Energy expert Rob Bohm says these devices account for billions of pounds of wasted energy every year.

Five vampire devices – and how much they cost you

  • Standby Hi-Fi system – £73 per year
  • Sky box standby – £73 per year
  • Unused laptop charger – £60 per year
  • Standby TV – £10 per year
  • Standby printer – £10 per year

Bohm said: “These are electrical devices, chargers and lights all over your house, devices that suck power from the mains – constantly – even when you think they’re off.” He said when you turn off your television make sure you do it against the wall.

This is because TVs use a small amount of energy to turn them on faster, which can be convenient, but it costs you money. He said the same applies to dishwashers and washing machines, as well as electronic devices such as game consoles and computers.