Consumers have been reminded not to leave electrical appliances on standby, after a new report claimed that doing so could be costing UK consumers around £1.3bn each year.
Research carried out by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs estimated that leaving devices on standby costs individual British households between £50 and £86 a year on average.
“It's crucial that households across the nation can make informed decisions by having the right advice to help them reduce their energy usage and fuel bills,” said EST chief executive Philip Sellwood. “This research shows that there's still more work to be done with consumer advice, product innovation and take-up of energy efficiency labelling.”
The government stated that it was continuing to work with the European Union to ensure that energy efficiency labels are clearly displayed on new appliances, allowing consumers to make better-informed purchasing decisions.
The findings came after a study from consumer campaigning group Which? indicated that householders living in certain regions hardest hit by unemployment and recession were paying some of the highest energy bills in the UK.