I'm a money-saving expert – these are the appliances that use the most power when they're switched OFF | The Sun

A MONEY-saving expert has revealed which appliances use the most power when they’re switched off.

Energy bills soared to £2,500 in October and are set to rise again in April for the average household.

It means that we're all looking to save money where we can and cutting back on our energy use as much as possible.

Turning off appliances and devices that drain your energy when left on standby could save you cash.

Experts have warned that leaving everyday items such as computers and security lights on can see costs rack up.

We spoke to Ben Gallizzi at Uswitch about which appliances can increase costs even when they're turned off.


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He said: "There are a number of devices around your home that could be adding to your energy bills while they are on standby.

“This can include devices left to charge, like laptops, tablets and mobile phones, as well as TVs, games consoles and desktop computers."

Ben pointed that the appliances use relatively little energy, but of course it's best to turn them off to avoid extra costs.

He added: “Older TVs, games consoles and computers may use much more power than newer models, and so it may be worthwhile turning them off at the wall if they are not used often."

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Uswitch estimates that the cost of leaving a gaming console on standby for 24 hours a day could add £15.60 to your bill every year.

While leaving a TV on standby would cost £14.56 and if you were to turn your router off for 24 hours it would cost £29.64.

Ben said: “It is not recommended that you turn off Wi-Fi routers.

"Broadband networks regularly monitor the speed and reliability of your internet connection so shutting off your router frequently can make your provider think there is a faulty line.

"This could lead them to slow down the service into your router in order to try and maintain your connection while they look for an issue.”

At the other end of the scale, leaving a computer on standby for a week, for 24 hours a day, would could just 5p.

Over a year this would be only £2.60.

Meanwhile, here are the eight "vampire appliances" adding up to £500 to your energy bills.

Do you have a money problem that needs sorting? Get in touch by emailing [email protected]

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