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Kids might scorn their dads for sounding like a broken record when it comes to turning the telly off at the mains, but it really could cut a hefty chunk […]

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By Sumit Bose

Kids might scorn their dads for sounding like a broken record when it comes to turning the telly off at the mains, but it really could cut a hefty chunk from your electricity bill, a new study claims. It’s estimated 8% of the average electricity bill comes from gadgets left with the little red light on.

The main culprits are stereos, followed by TVs and games consoles, say uSwitch. Games consoles remain in idle mode when they’re not in use, consuming almost the same power as when a game is being played.

Energy experts at uSwitch recommend plugging all your main appliances such as printers and hi-fis into one extension so that when turned off at the mains, all appliances stop wasting energy.