Energy saving ideas: Switch off these devices overnight to save hundreds on your bills

We’re all fully aware by now of the cost of living crisis that’s taking hold in the UK, with food prices, energy bills and the cost of filling up our cars all going up. Sigh. While there’s nothing we can do about rising prices, you can try to take small steps at home to reduce the amount of food and energy wastage that could be occurring, and one step is switching off appliances overnight.

The energy price cap is increasing from April 1st 2022, which means there’s never been a better time to examine which devices and appliances are siphoning off energy in your home. According to JustServicesGroup.com, the overall cost of appliances being on (or on standby) overnight could add additional £1,011.93 per year to your bills, an average of £84.33 per month.

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The most expensive appliance to leave on overnight was an oil-filled radiator – do this for six months of the year and it’s an extra £544.20, according to the research. Obviously in a bedroom you may need your radiator on overnight when it’s particularly cold (although sleep experts do recommend a cool, cave-like temperature for optimum sleep). However, sometimes you may inadvertently end up heating empty rooms, so if you do have the heating on overnight, check radiators are switched off in any rooms that don’t need heating.

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Other appliances often left on overnight include dehumidifiers (over £300 per year) and heated blankets (£87 a year – so maybe just have it on to warm the bed when you get in!).

While some of these appliances may need to stay on overnight to keep the temperature comfortable, and plugging in devices to charge overnight is often unavoidable, games consoles, Wifi, smart speakers and TVs normally left on standby could all be switched off to save some money on a monthly and yearly bill.  A games console on standby adds £13.08 to your bills, for example.

Energy saving ideas: What keeping devices on overnight will cost you

  1. Oil filled radiator – £544.20 (seasonal six months of the year)
  2. Dehumidifier – £304.80 per year
  3. Heating blanket – £87.12 (seasonal six months of the year)
  4. Fan – £30.48 (three months of the year)
  5. Falling asleep with the TV on – £26.16 per year
  6. Lights being left on (bathroom, hallway and outside lights) – £17.40 per year
  7. Games console on standby – £13.08 per year
  8. Baby monitors – £8.76 per year
  9. WiFi (Broadband router) – £4.32 per year
  10. Tablet on charge – £4.32 per year
  11. Smart phone on charge – £1.75 per year
  12. Smart Speaker on standby (Google Home/Amazon Echo) – £1.40 per year
  13. TV on standby – £0.45 per year