Revealed: The cost of leaving household devices on standby

1 min Read Published: 02 Nov 2023

Revealed: The cost of leaving household devices on standbySo-called 'vampire' devices are costing UK households an average of £147 a year according to a survey by comparison website Quotezone. The survey found that 55% of households leave appliances on standby, wasting 23% of electricity due to the energy they consume when they're not being used. A 'vampire' device is a term given to household electronics that are left on standby overnight and in this article, we reveal the estimated cost of the 10 worst offenders.

How much does it cost to leave a device on standby?

Research conducted by Quotezone has revealed 10 of the most energy-draining appliances on standby which we summarise in the below table.

Electronic Device The estimated annual cost of leaving the device on standby
Games console £27.52
Desktop computer £13.39
Laptop £10.41
Smart speakers £7.44
Dishwasher £7.44
Washing machine £6.45
Tumble Dryer £6.45
Microwave £5.95
Television £5.70
Printer £1.24

While turning off energy-sapping devices every night may be too time-consuming for some, the savings can be significant and there are ways to make the task a little less onerous. You could consider plugging multiple devices into one extension lead, meaning there is only one switch to turn off at night or alternatively you could invest in some smart plugs which will automate the process for you.

Tips to avoid paying more than you need on energy bills

The research by Quotezone is a reminder that there are simple things we can do that can help reduce our energy costs. Below we have summarised some other tips that can help reduce your energy bill.

  • Turn your thermostat down by 1 degree
  • Use energy-efficient lightbulbs
  • Upgrade to more energy-efficient appliances
  • Wear the right clothes and close doors to keep heat inside rooms
  • Take shorter showers
  • Wash clothes at a lower temperature
  • Check for draughts and fix them

For further money-saving tips, check out our articles, 'How to save money on your energy bill', 'How to save money on your household bills' and our 'Complete guide to the cost of living'.