Expert shares which devices use the most power when they’re not even turned on

Money-saving expert Natalia Lachim has revealed which home appliances use the most energy when they’re on standby, and changing your habits can save you money on your energy bills

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A savings expert has shared her top tips for saving on energy bills

A money-saving expert has revealed which appliances in your home use the most energy when they’re in standby – and simply turning them off completely can save you money on your bills.

Many people across the country will look for ways to save as the cost of living crisis continues to squeeze households.

With the energy price cap rising a massive 54 percent in April, keeping track of your electricity consumption should be of paramount importance for anyone worried about their finances.

Now Discount Code’s Natalia Lachim has shared information on which devices use the most power when not in use – so you can unplug anything that doesn’t need to be left on.

The kettle is essential, but you don’t have to keep it plugged in all the time


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The first thing Natalia turned her attention to was the fridge. She said: “With a fridge/freezer required to be on at all times, it’s not surprising that over 12 per cent of the entire household’s energy comes from the fridge/freezer alone, costing households around £114.24 a year.

“Of course a fridge/freezer cannot simply be switched off when not in use, there are ways to ensure it works as efficiently as possible, which means you pay the minimum necessary.

The refrigerator uses a lot of electricity


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“Cleaning the fridge regularly, both inside and out, is the easiest way to ensure it’s running efficiently.

“Dusting the outside means dust doesn’t enter the system and affect its operation, and cleaning the interior and discarding stale food means the fridge doesn’t have to work as hard to keep food cool/frozen.”

The TV uses a lot of electricity and it can be worth turning it off at the wall after each use


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She went on to say that television is a big energy guzzler and that up to 98 per cent of UK households leave their devices on standby all the time.

Natalia said this is a huge power drain, and it gets worse when you’re a gamer.

She continued: “Many people mistakenly assume that turning them off with the remote will turn them off completely – however, this is not always the case.

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“If you leave the TV plugged in and on, it uses 1.3kWh. With the average electricity cost now being £0.28 per unit, this can add £132.86 a year to your bill.

“Games consoles tend to stay on and plugged in the same way televisions do, and are often overlooked. Simply making sure they are completely switched off can save £4.20 each day as a typical games console when left in standby uses a whopping 15kWh per hour.”

She said your kettle uses around 0.3kWh when left plugged in, which adds up to £30.66 a year, and leaving a phone charger on will add around £20 to your annual bill.

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