Five ‘vampire gadgets’ that will add £290 a year to your energy bill

Many electrical devices use electricity when they are plugged in, even when you are not using them. This secret energy use can add hundreds of pounds to your bills a year

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Many electronic devices stealthily draw electricity even when you are not using them

‘Vampire devices’ that use electricity even when you’re not using them can add almost £300 a year to your wealth electricity bill .

British Gas said up to 23% of UK households’ energy use could power vampire devices – that’s £293 of the average energy bill, which is capped at £1,277 a year. the mail reported.

The cost of variable rate electricity bills for the average household is capped by regulator Ofgem. This cap rises from to £1,971 on April 1st .

Energy expert Rob Bohm says these devices waste billions of dollars in energy every year.

Bohm said, “You’re electrical appliances, chargers and lights all over your house, devices sucking power from the grid — all the time — even when you think they’re off.”

Five vampire devices – and how much they cost you

  • Hi-Fi system on standby – £73 per year
  • Sky Box on standby – £73 per year
  • Laptop charger not used – £60 per year
  • TV on standby £10 per year
  • Printer on standby – £10 per year

Bohm said if you turn off your TV, make sure you do it on the wall.

This is because TVs use a small amount of electricity to turn on faster.

This may be convenient, but it will cost you money.

The same applies to dishwashers and washing machines as well as to electronics such as games consoles and computers.

Earlier this month, financial blogger Mrs Mummypenny gave The Mirror some other saving tips to reduce your energy costs.

She managed to save £80 a year turn down their thermostat by just one degree.

Her other top tips included:

  • I bought a shower timer and asked everyone in the family to shower for just five minutes a day. This resulted in a saving of £80 per year.
  • I’ve completely stopped using the tumble dryer and am using a drying rack instead. Each tumble dryer cycle cost around £1, if I’m conservatively assuming I used it twice a week that’s a saving of £104 a year.
  • All devices are switched off nothing on the wall stays on standby. This small change saves around £30 a year.
  • A super easy change is to only boil the kettle for the cup or two of tea/coffee you’re making. This has saved around £7 a year.

There are many other changes you can make to reduce energy consumption and reduce bills as well.

  • Convert all your lightbulbs to energy saving lightbulbs.
  • Make sure the lights are always off in rooms that are not in use. Something that took a while to nag the kids to change their habits.
  • Ovens, stoves and microwaves use a lot of energy. Consider a slow cooker where you can
  • Make money, save meals and save energy.
  • When you use your oven, you cook larger amounts of food. Use the time when the oven is on.

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