Cash-strapped Brits have been warned of ‘vampire appliances’ in their homes that are needlessly draining energy and driving up bills.
The experts at Quotezone.co.uk have named the ten household appliances that use the most energy in standby mode.
According to research, 23% of household electricity use is wasted on vampire appliances that consume a lot of energy even when they’re turned off.
Topping the list of devices with high annual standby costs are smaller electronics such as smart home devices, consoles and computers which account for around 5% of the electricity bill.
Energy-hungry wet appliances like washing machines, dishwashers and tumble dryers have also made the list.
Many households leave their electrics on standby all the time without realising how much it’s costing them in the long run.
Unplugging appliances when they’re not being used can save families around £147 on their annual energy bills.
Although it may be tedious to keep switching the appliances on and off every day, it can make a big difference for families who are trying to find savings amid the cost-of-living crisis.
Greg Wilson, Founder at Quotezone.co.uk said, “The simplest way for families to reduce their energy usage and save money is to eliminate unnecessary electricity use.
“Leaving appliances on standby means that they’ll still be draining power even when you’re not using them which causes unnecessary costs on your energy bills.
“Something as simple as flicking a switch can prevent the vampire appliances from eating up almost a quarter of your energy consumption.
“It’s an easy win because you don’t even have to make any major changes to your everyday habits to reduce these energy bills – it’s just tricky to work out who the culprits are, so we’ve done some research and compiled a top ten list to help people identify which energy draining appliances to switch ‘off off’ and start saving.”