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Rising energy prices: Appliances add almost £300 to your bills


A warning has been issued over the use of five ‘vampire’ household appliances which add almost £300 to your bills. This happens even when you think you are no longer using the product.

Commonly used items are things we all have around our homes. Even when you think they’re off, they can still draw power.

According to British Gas, up to 23% of household energy consumption could come from “vampire” appliances, MoE reports. 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. That means you could soon be spending even more on vampire devices.

Energy expert Rob Bohm says these devices account for billions of pounds of wasted energy every 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.”

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 when you turn off your TV, be sure to turn it off at the wall.

This is because TVs use a small amount of energy to turn on faster.

It 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.