UK consumer pay up to £1.3 billion every year on hidden energy costs when they leave their television and computers on standby, a new report suggests.
The ‘Powering the Nation – household energy using habits uncovered’ study measured and monitored the day-to-day use of electricity in households – when it was being used, for how long and how much power is consumed.
The study also showed the country is watching television for 10 billion hours more than previously thought, which increased bills by another £205 million.
Environment Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach said: “Manufacturers need to develop more energy efficient electrical products and help consumers save money and the environment.
“We can all do simple things like switching off our televisions, computers and other home electronics and save up to £85 on electricity bill each year.”
The study was conducted by the Defra, DECC and the Energy Saving Trust.