‘Vampire devices’ cost UK homes £147 a year – full list of appliances to switch off


Most household appliances are only using a small amount power even when they are switched off. This can result in energy bills rising hundreds of dollars a year.

UK homes could save around £147 a year each on energy bills You can turn off their vampire device’.

These appliances draw power. Even when you’re not using them .

Because they draw energy from the outlet, but this is not enough to make a difference, especially when you consider how many they use. energy bills so high .

This is how devices such as laptops, broadband routers, and smart speakers use energy.

They will slowly draw as long as they are plugged in to the wall. power Even if they appear to be turned off.

In standby mode, TVs consume a little power to make them turn on faster.

While it might seem convenient, it can end up costing you more.

British Gas research shows UK households spend £3.16billion a year when leaving vampire devices on standby, BBC Reports.

This adds up to £147 a year for the average household – or up to £297 for some homes .

Ten vampire appliances you can turn off – how much do they cost?

  • Hi-Fi system on standby – £73 a year
  • Sky box on standby – £73 a year
  • Laptop charger not in use – £60 a year
  • TV on standby- £10 to £24 a year
  • Microwave – £16 a year
  • Games consoles – £12 a year
  • Computer – £11 a year
  • Printer on standby – £3 to £10 a year
  • Washing machine – £5 a year
  • Phone charger – £1.60 to £2 a year

Marc Robson, a British Gas energy expert, told BBC that plugging vampire devices into an extension lead will help to reduce energy costs. He also suggested that you can turn it off at night.

You can purchase’smart plugs’ to check if your devices are on.

The smart plug can be monitored from your smartphone.

The Mirror has been given by Mrs Mummypenny, a financial blogger. Other money-saving tips To help you reduce your energy costs.

She managed to save £80 per year by turning her thermostat down by just one degree.

These were her other top tips:

  • I purchased a shower timer for my family and told them to each shower for just five minutes per day. This resulted in an £80 a year saving.
  • I use a clothes iron instead. Each tumble dryer cycle was costing around £1, prudently assuming I used it twice a week, this is a saving of £104 a year.
  • All appliances are turned off at the wall. Nothing is left on standby. This minor change saves around £30 per year.
  • The simplest change is to boil the kettle only for the tea or coffee you are making. This has saved around £7 per year.

You can make many other changes to cut your energy use and lower your bill.

  • You can convert all of your lightbulbs into low-energy bulbs.
  • In rooms that are not being used, make sure the lights are off. It took some time to get the kids to change their ways.
  • Oven, microwave, and hob all consume a lot of energy. A slow cooker is a good option.
  • Save money and energy by cooking more economical meals
  • Batch cook larger quantities of food if you have an oven. Use the oven’s timer to make the most of it.