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Save nearly £300 by switching off these five common household appliances


It’s easy to think you’ve left the house quiet and still once you walk through the front door, but there’s always a buzz of activity in your electrical devices even when you think the devices are off.

In fact, a warning has been issued over the use of five ‘vampire’ household appliances which add almost £300 to your bills, reports Lincolnshire Live.

These are everyday appliances, like televisions and washing machines, that could easily save you money by turning them off at the wall.

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.

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 each 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 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.

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