Of those surveyed, 76% admitted to leaving electrical goods on standby and a further 38% said they did so all the time.
The average home leaves appliances on standby for a total of 51 hours every day. The items most frequently left on standby are TVs, phone chargers and digital television boxes. The latter cost the country an estimated £145m, every 12 months.
As the number of people in possession of a mobile phone increases (now nine in 10), leaving phones to charge when batteries are already full is now costing the country £29m every year.
This is surprising as, although, 81% of consumers are aware that many items need to be switched off at the mains, 24% forget or just can’t be bothered to do so. In the same vein, 14% do not turn off their lights when they leave the house.