Save money by switching things off, dummy

15 October 2014

plug-socket It seems that, even in 2014, there are people who are unaware of the fact that leaving appliances on standby costs you money.

Some of you may think this is blindingly obvious, but households are wasting around £80 per year because they don't switch their televisions and consoles off at night. We are, to the hysterical, A Nation On Standby!

If everyone stopped leaving things on standby, then the country could make savings of £1.7 billion a year according to the Energy Saving Trust.

The survey, ahead of Big Energy Saving Week, found that three-quarters of people polled were worried about their energy bills, so one easy way to reduce them is to make sure that you're actually turning off gadgets and such, when you're not using them.

Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust, said: "Whatever your age, gender or the size of your household: our research has found millions of us are unintentionally wasting electricity when we leave our gadgets on standby. It's an easy mistake to make yet it costs us a fortune."

"Televisions and games consoles are now among the primary sources of our everyday entertainment, yet when left on permanent standby they are costing £45-£80 a year."

"I'm not suggesting we get rid. I'm urging people to take back control of their appliances next week and switch off when we aren't using them."

It isn't just leaving stuff on all the time either. Older people are adding to their bills by having rubbish, old fridges. Decrepit appliances are more likely to have faults that make them inefficient. A faulty thermostat on a freezer could be adding £45 to your bills, annually. Getting rid of old-fashioned light bulbs and replacing them with energy efficient ones and halogen lights with LEDs could save you around £45 a year on bills.


And if that doesn't work, then you should check your provider to make sure you're getting the best deal from them.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: "Consumers can make a real difference to their electricity bills by improving energy efficiency at home and Citizens Advice and Energy Saving Trust are there to help. Shopping around for the best energy deal can also make a huge difference."

"We've slashed the vast array of confusing tariffs, so it's now easier to compare energy prices and switching times will be halved by the end of this year. Households could be saving a further £200 per year just by switching suppliers."

So there you have it. Stop being daft and save yourself some money. It doesn't matter if you care for the Earth or not - with the money you save, you could buy a substantial amount of booze, so you know it is worth doing.

TOPICS:   Utilities   Banking

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