Bye bye standby

Turning appliances off at the socket could save you up to £70 a year. Almost all electrical appliances in your home, such as computers, televisions, smart devices and video game consoles, draw power continuously unless unplugged. Turn off the power switch at the socket or unplug appliances from the socket when they are not in use.

Research by boiler repair company suggests you could be saving up to £25 per year by switching your games console off standby, turning off your Wi-Fi router or smart speaker overnight. And, according to GoCompare, over half of households have started turning their electronics off at the wall when not in use, rather than leaving them on standby, to save energy. However, the effort it takes to turn off each device is not always worth the savings; for example,  leaving your TV on standby could only be costing you only £0.45 per year.