Breaking the standby habit will lead to more energy savings

Leaving electrical appliances on standby can quickly add up to substantial sums of money

David Baker
by David Baker on 26th September, 2014

Electrical appliances are used more in our homes today than ever before. With so many appliances relying on electricity usage, it’s not hard to see why many of us are experiencing rising costs with our energy bills.

With the PSO Levy set for another increase on 1 October, consumers will see a further rise in the cost of their electricity bills. Arguably there has never been a better time to think about ways to cut down on unnecessary electricity usage.

Say goodbye to standby

Leaving appliances on standby could be costing households a great deal of money annually and just a few small lifestyle changes can make a major difference.

Turning off electrical appliances at the mains can help to save a significant amount on your energy bills, so identifying some of the worst offenders, is a good place to start. Below is a list of the most common offenders when it comes to draining energy and increasing electricity costs.

TV, games consoles and stereos

These three favourite household appliances are common culprits when it comes to electricity waste in our homes. In particular, the latest generation games consoles - Playstation 4 and Xbox One, are known to consume up to three times the energy of previous consoles.

Turning these devices off when they’re not in use is a must.

Set-top boxes

Many people forget to turn off their set-top box completely when not in use. Standby costs can add up with this device so, remembering to switch off the power at the mains when not in use can make a big difference.

Desktop computer

If you use a desktop computer, one way to ensure you keep your energy usage to a minimum is to set up the ‘sleep’ mode in your preferences. Setting a time delay of ten minutes of inactivity tends to work well for most people.

Enabling sleep mode will cut energy consumption considerably when a computer is not in use.

Laptops and mobile phones

Laptops are more energy efficient than desktop computers, but a mistake many people make is charging them unnecessarily, or leaving them constantly on charge. The same thing often happens with your mobile phone too.

On average they take two hours to charge, but many people leave them on charge overnight, wasting electricity and money in the process. As a general rule of thumb, if a household appliance is not in use the best policy is to switch off at the mains.

So if you’re not watching TV, or using your computer, why not switch it off completely? Although putting appliances into standby mode can save on energy costs, getting into the habit of turning appliances off completely will save you more money in the long run!

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