British consumers waste £227m leaving appliances on standby

Post by Jeff Stevens on 20th August 2014 in Appliance safety, Energy saving, General industry

British consumers waste £227m leaving appliances on standby

The staggering cost of many people’s laziness in not properly switching off electrical appliances after using them has been uncovered in a new survey.

Price comparison website uSwitch found more than three-quarters (76 per cent) of households regularly left electrical equipment on standby – half of that proportion saying they did it all the time.

Yet more than eight out of 10 of respondents to the survey said they knew they should switch off items at the mains when they’d finished using them.

Televisions were, unsurprisingly, the item most commonly neglected to be switched off properly, an incredible 98 per cent of households admitting they didn’t bother to hit the ‘off’ button on the set itself, instead just switching it off using the remote control.

Commenting on the findings, Jules Greenidge, uSwitch energy expert, said: “Although the average cost of leaving appliances on standby might not seem a lot, these costs can quickly add up.

“With families struggling with the rising cost of living, simply remembering to turn off appliances at the mains when you’ve finished using them will avoid unnecessary standby expense.” 

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