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Christmas Gadgets To Raise UK Energy Bill By £392m

Monday December 29th 2014

According to Blue and Green Tomorrow, ‘gadgets and other electronic gifts being given over the Christmas period are set to increase the UK’s energy bill by £392 million, the equivalent of lighting 4.4 million homes for a year, analysis suggests.’

The research, commissioned by B&Q and the Energy Saving Trust, indicates that almost half of Britain will receive a tech gadget this year, with the average gadget costing £31 in electricity to run for the next twelve months.

The biggest reason for increasing energy bills is that many goods are left on standby overnight. Of the 60% of Brits that fail to turn off their electronic goods, 30% state they simply forget, whilst 13% say they don’t see the point and 12% just can’t be bothered.

Home energy expert at the Energy Saving Trust, Joe Payne, said: “It’s amazing how many of us are in the dark about how much all the consumer tech goods we have around our house are impact our energy bills.

“As we’re about to add even more tech to our homes on Christmas Day in the form of gadgets and gizmos as gifts, it’s never been more important for Brits to become switched on about switching off.”