Is leaving your appliances on standby costing you £80?

New research suggests leaving small gadgets and appliances on standby could be costing households more than they expect

Leaving appliances in standby is costing some homes £80 per year

Leaving appliances on standby is costing some homes £80 per year

A study carried out by the Energy Saving Trust has found that some of the small appliances found in many homes across the country, could be adding up to £80 to the average energy bill.

Out of the list of small appliance tested, the wireless router was found to be the most expensive to keep on standby, setting back the average home by almost £22.

Wireless routers are the devices which allow you to wirelessly connect to the internet. They consume a lot of energy, because they are constantly receiving, converting and sending internet data to devices.

Other expensive to run appliances and gadgets include laser printers, satellite set-top boxes and amplifiers.

Yearly cost of leaving appliance on standby:

Wireless Router – £21.92

Printer (Laser) – £18.26

Set-top (Satellite) – £18.26

Amplifier – £12.18

Compact Hi-Fi – £12.18

iPad charger – £12.18

Nintendo Wii – £12.18

Set-top box (Freeview) – £7.31

Alarm Clock – £6.09

Microsoft Xbox 360 – £6.09

Modem – £6.09

Sony PlayStation 3 – £6.09

CD player – £4.87

Television (Plasma) – £4.87

Inkjet printer – £4.26

Desktop PC – £3.65

Oven (Electric) – £3.65

Microwave – £3.04

Television (CRT & LCD) – £3.04

Mobile phone charger – £2.44

PC monitor (CRT) – £2.44

Childs night light – £0.73

New generation consoles are energy drains

A study carried out by the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) in the USA, found that Sony and Microsoft’s new PlayStation and Xbox consoles, use between two and three times as much energy as their predecessors. Nintendo’s Wii U, on the other hand, uses less electricity than its previous itineration, the Wii.

One of the main reasons behind the increase in energy use is the standby function incorporated into the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The NRDC estimates more electricity will be used by the consoles in this mode than actually playing games.

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