A new survey has suggested that appliances including fridges and freezers use more power than experts had previously thought.
Data compiled by the Energy Saving Trust has claimed that on average, 20.5 per cent of a home's total electricity use goes towards powering the fridge and freezer.
It also appears that households spend more than was previously thought powering televisions in the home. The survey claimed that the average household was watching six hours worth of programmes each day – not five as previously thought. When scaled up, this represents an extra 10 billion hours of television across the UK.
A blog post on the EST's website said: "Energy awareness has increased massively in the last couple of decades, but it's taking a while for our in-home habits to come into line with what we know: use less, less emissions, save more cash."
People have been urged to make sure that they turn off appliances when they're not in use, rather than leave them with the red light on. It was estimated this simple change could save the average household between £50 and £86 a year.