Around six out of 10 households in the UK are wasting money on energy bills by not using standby saver products, a survey has suggested.
Carillion Energy Services conducted a study on the different ways that families can save money on bills, which found that standby saver products are not fitted in 61 per cent of homes.
Appliances such as microwaves, dish washers and washing machines still consume power even when they are not being used. By switching these off at the socket, bills can be reduced, as well as a household’s carbon footprint, the company said.
The International Energy Agency has estimated that “standby” energy equates to between 5 per cent and 15 per cent of household electricity consumption.
If a family’s electricity costs £400 a year, around £40 is being paid out to cover the cost of powering appliances that are not being used.
So when considering the energy consumption of 26 million households in Great Britain, around £1 billion a year is wasted leaving products on standby, Carillion said.