An energy supplier has revealed the common home appliances that are adding the most money to monthly energy bills.
As households across the UK brace themselves for the impending hike in energy bills, people are making an extra effort to cut back on their electricity use to keep their monthly bill as low as possible.
However, while most of us have been opting for an extra blanket and pair of socks to avoid turning the heating on, electricity and gas supplier Utilita has revealed the household appliances that have been raking up the bills by being left plugged in all day.
Remarkably, the supplier claims that an estimated 30% of UK homes have items left on standby that haven’t been used in a whole year.
Archie Lasseter, sustainability lead at Utilita, said: “Standby mode is a real energy drainer – some items use the same amount of energy as when they’re switched on.
“In each home, leaving just one TV on standby can waste up to £16 of electricity a year, which is a staggering £432 million for all UK households.”
Here are the most costly household appliances to leave on standby:
Let’s start with an obvious one; most of us are guilty for leaving our phones on charge for a lot longer than they need, or for even leaving the charger plugged in at the wall all day long.
While it may not be the biggest cost of the year, a phone will add an extra 32p to your bill, not including the energy you use while actually charging, so try and think ahead when finding a convenient time to charge your phone.
Xbox and Playstation
We all know someone who’s guilty of this – Utilita claims that leaving a Playstation on standby costs 2.41p per hour played, while an Xbox costs 2.22p – this is because they use 130 and 120 watts respectively when in use.
When left on standby, the consoles still use 10 watts, meaning even when not in use they’re costing 0.18p per hour. While seemingly insignificant, it works out at 4.45p a day, equating to £16.24 a year.
Modern televisions are very deceptive in the sense that, if they’re not switched off at the wall, they could very well just be on standby, despite you turning it off via the remote.
Utilita states a TV uses 40 watts of energy while in use, but much like the consoles, it uses 10 watts when sitting on standby.
That means, for five hours of watching it’s costing around 3.7p, but even if it’s left untouched all day but in standby, you’re still paying 4.45p a day – over the year, this amounts to £16.24.
Working from home has become the norm for millions of people all across the country, so we’re sorry to tell you that laptops use up a surprisingly high amount of energy.
Utilita says running a laptop for five hours will cost around 6.95p as the device uses about 75 watts of energy.
The trick is to make sure your laptop is unplugged when fully charged and switch it off when you’re finished using it, rather than just closing the lid and leaving it on standby, which slowly drains the battery.
While most wouldn’t think a printer could impact the monthly energy bill, the sneaky devices can actually use a lot of energy while sitting idle on standby.
Like a television, a printer uses around 40 watts of energy in use and, when still left on standby, it continues to slowly eat up this energy.
By the end of the day, this totals 1.78p, equating to £6.50 a year unnecessary added to your bills.
Just when you thought having children was expensive enough, it turns out their baby monitors can also add to the monthly electricity bill.
According to Utilita, the average baby monitor uses around 15 watts of energy when in use and 3 watts when on standby. Over the year, that’s an extra £4.87 on your energy bill.
Obviously the baby monitor needs to be on when your baby is sleeping, but it might be worth switching it off completely during the day.
Pub chain giving away FREE pints to anyone with one of these 50 surnames
Are you on the list?
England’s World Cup campaign got off to a flying start yesterday with a convincing 6-2 win over Iran.
Our Welsh neighbours – who are also in Group B with us – managed a draw with the USA, thanks to a late Gareth Bale penalty.
But goals aren’t the only thing to celebrate this World Cup, as a pub chain is giving away FREE pints to lucky fans who have one of 50 surnames.
Greene King is dishing out a free drink to anyone who has the same surname as a player in either the England or Wales squads.
If you have one of the lucky last names, you can claim a pint on the house at any point during an England or Wales game.
All you have to do is head to a participating Greene King pub with your driving licence or passport to prove your name.
Anyone with one of these 50 surnames can claim the free pint:
All you need to do is head down to your nearest participating boozer and show the bar your photo ID during any England or Wales World Cup group stage game.
You can find the nearest pub to you taking part in the offer here.
Will Ferrell appeals for spare room in North West to watch Eurovision
Got any room for Will?
Earlier this year it was announced that Eurovision 2023 would be held in Liverpool instead of Kiev, due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Following the news, all hotels and accommodation in the city quickly sold out – with many establishments dramatically increasing their prices in the process.
As such, finding somewhere to stay during the annual song contest has become nigh on impossible, even if you’re a Hollywood superstar like Will Ferrell.
Will recently appealed for help in finding accommodation for next year’s Eurovision during an appearance on BBC Radio 2 to promote his new film Spirited.
The actor previously wrote and starred in the 2020 film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, playing Icelandic singer Lars Erickssong.
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During the BBC interview, Zoe Ball mentioned how much she enjoyed the film, to which Will responded: “And it’s in Liverpool this year, isn’t it?”
After being asked if he wanted to go, he said: “You know my mother really wants me to take her to Eurovision, she’s dying to go and she’s always wanted to go to Liverpool.”
Will added: “But aren’t the hotels all booked now?”
After the comedian appealed for a spare room to stay in, Zoe said: “If anyone is willing to put up Will Ferrell and his mum in Liverpool or the Liverpool area during Eurovision.”
Will revealed his requirements: “We need a clean, tidy room. We’ll share a room – two bunk beds that’s all we need. I know we’re kidding but my mom would love that, she’d be thrilled.”
Eurovision 2023 will consist of two semi-finals on May 9th and 11th, before the final on May 13th.
Artificial grass company ordered to remove ‘offensive’ billboard in Greater Manchester
A billboard advertisement for a Greater Manchester artificial grass company was ordered to be taken down by the Advertising Standards Authority.
The advertising watchdog ruled that the ‘offensive’ billboard – located at a busy junction where Oldham Road meets the M60 in Hollinwood – ‘objectified and stereotyped women as sexual objects’.
The ASA investigated the poster from Oldham-based Great Grass MCR Ltd following complaints, finding that the ad was ‘irresponsible and likely to cause serious offence’.
Featuring text that read ‘Artificial Grarse Experts’, the billboard also used an image of a woman in just her pants, with additional text saying ‘Perfect 365 days a year…Get laid by the best’.
The ASA said: “The complainants, who believed the ad objectified and sexualised women, challenged whether the ad was offensive, harmful and irresponsible.”
They continued: “We noted that the word ‘grass’ was spelt incorrectly to include the word ‘arse’. We considered that was likely to be understood by readers to be a reference to the model’s buttocks and had the effect of making that exposed part of her body the focus, thereby drawing attention to the ad.
“The ad also stated ‘Get laid by the best’. We considered ‘get laid’ would be understood by readers as a slang reference to sexual intercourse. We considered that text, together with the model’s pose and state of undress, was sexually suggestive and would be seen as presenting the model as a sexual object.
“We acknowledged that while sunbathing, people might recline on a lawn wearing revealing clothing. However, we considered that in the context of the ad, in particular the references to ‘arse’ and ‘get laid’, the model was portrayed as a sexual object, rather than someone who was sunbathing.
“For those reasons, we concluded that the ad objectified and stereotyped women as sexual objects, was irresponsible and likely to cause serious offence.”
In response to the ruling, the ASA told Great Grass to make sure that any future advertising was ‘socially responsible’ so as to not cause widespread offence.
The ASA said: “Great Grass said it was noteworthy that there had only been three complaints when the ad had been seen by thousands of people. They therefore believed that most people were not offended by the ad, but found it amusing.
“They believed the complaints were generated by people on social media encouraging others who likely had not even seen the ad, to complain about it.
“Great Grass also said that to assume that the person featured in the ad was a woman was wrong and offensive to the transgender community.”
The company responded to the ASA ruling by saying that ‘Get laid by the best’ was a strapline it had used for many years.
Great Grass spoke to the Manchester Evening News, saying: “The ad was a bit of light-hearted fun and not intended to offend anyone. There have been a number of people posting the ad on social media with positive comments.
“We thought with all the problems going on in the world at the moment anything that can bring a smile is a welcome distraction. It is a very busy junction and the ad has been seen by thousands and thousands of people.
“To the three who found it offensive, we apologise. To the fifty odd thousand who found it amusing, sorry it’s got to go.”