We all know that certain activities – putting the heating on, for example – use up a huge amount of energy. But did you know that some of the main appliances in your house are also using up energy when in standby mode?
'Standby power is the electricity used by appliances when they're switched off or on "rest mode"' explains Chris Saunders, household energy expert and founder of LoopEnergySaver.com. 'Almost any product with an external power supply, remote control, display or which charges batteries will draw some power continuously unless shut down or switched off at the mains.'
According to the Energy Trust, the bad habit of leaving things of standby instead of unplugging them could add up to £80 (7684 INR approx.) a year to our bills, so it's definitely worth being more savvy with your electricity usage. Here are the items that use up the most energy on standby…
Ok hands up - who never gets round to turning their telly off at the plug?
According to uSwitch, 98% of households leave the TV on standby for over 11 hours every days, costing £23.8 million(2,28,00,00,000 INR approx.) annually.
'It's one of the main culprits for wasting energy on standby' says Chris, 'If you have multiple television sets at home, this can add up quickly.'
Computers can cost up to £20 (1921 INR approx.) a year to run on standby. 'If you do tend to leave your computer idle, remember that computer screen savers don't save energy' says Chris. 'If you want to keep energy usage to a minimum, change your settings so it goes straight into sleep mode or better still, shut it down.' Shutting your computer will also make it last longer, as the lifetime of computers is dependent on how much they are used.
3. Phone, tablets and laptops on charge
Ever left your phone plugged in at the wall, even though you can see it's fully charged? 'Leaving your phone, tablet or laptop plugged in and on charge will waste energy needlessly' says Chris.
4. Set top boxes and recorders
Television set top boxes, such as Freeview tuners, are big energy-consuming devices that can be easily turned off. 'However, while a recording device such as Sky+ can consume up to £19 worth of energy annually, it will need to be kept on standby in order to download selected programmes and recordings set to "series link"' Chris reminds us.
5. Games consoles
A games console might not be as high on your priority list as it is for your kids, but it's important to keep in mind when it comes to energy saving. 'Consoles are particularly heavy energy consumers, as they remain "idle" when not in use or switched off' says Chris. 'On standby, a console can use up to £30 (2882 INR approx.) in energy annually, so it is definitely worth encouraging children and teens to switch them off as soon as they're finished'.