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Edinburgh households could save £5m by switching gadgets off standby

Edinburgh households could save £5m by switching gadgets off standby

Edinburgh households could save £5m a year by switching off standby on their TVs and other gadgets, a new survey has found.

Findings from an Ipsos MORI survey show that three quarters of people in Scotland regularly leave at least two devices on standby, and almost half leave their TV on when there is no-one in the room.

It also found the biggest rise in gadgets in the last five years have been bought for the kitchen, with more than twice as many people now owning smoothie makers and electric juicers compared to 2010. The number of people with a coffee machine in their home is also in the up, with a 57 per cent increase.

If left on standby for 20 hours a day, a set-top box can add around £20 a year to a bill while in this mode, one of the savings a campaign called Big Energy Savings Week hopes to highlight to help cut fuel bills.

Mike Thornton, Director of Energy Saving Trust Scotland, said: “Taking control of your energy use is the simplest way to save money in the home.

“More and more, we are seeing people wasting money on their bills because they prefer to leave things on standby rather than switching off – adding around £30 to their bills every year.

“Getting down on your hands and knees and working out what you can and can’t switch off can be a real pain for some of us, but it doesn’t have to be like that.

“We suggest safely plugging everything that you can switch off into one extension socket and everything that you can’t into another.”

While the kitchen appliances are on the up the number of gadgets in other rooms around the house are growing too, with the number of tablets quadrupling and the number of e-readers doubling.

When it comes to the TV, the 2710 people surveyed, including 527 from Scotland, found that more than half leave it on as background noise when they are in a room and a fifth leave multiple TVs switched on so as not to miss anything when moving between rooms.

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