Ruth Mitchell

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UK wasting £1.3bn on energy annually

A new study has indicated that homes and businesses in the UK are wasting up to £1.3 billion in electricity bills each year by leaving electrical products plugged in by not in use or on standby.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Energy Saving Trust conducted the study, entitled ’Powering the Nation - household energy using habits“, to highlight the day to day energy use of electricity across the UK.

The study indicated that the UK is watching 10 billion more hours of television than previously thought, adding £205 million to electricity bills. It also monitored electricity in real time and in real life situations, breaking down what is being used, when, for how long and how much power they use.

The Environment Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach believes that the study should now encourage manufacturers to help consumers to minimise their energy consumption.

He said: “As this survey shows we are using a lot more energy than previously thought.

“Manufacturers need to develop more energy efficient electrical products and help consumers save money and the environment.

“We can all do simple things like switching off our televisions, computers and other home electronics and save up to £85 on electricity bill each year.”

By using energy more wisely, consumers can help to cut carbon as well as saving money on their bills. It is hoped that the study will enable them to achieve this.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker added:“This report provides vital insights into what is happening on the ground, highlighting the need for more energy efficient household electrical appliances and indicating which appliances contribute most to electricity demand at peak times.

“This research will help us to understand and manage household energy demand.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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