Standby devices consume a lot of power

British households use far more electricity than estimated, partly because of their standby equipment, according to a report by the Energy Saving Trust, which describes BBC News.

It turns out that 16% Energy bills are the result of the power supply in standby mode. It is estimated that home energy consumption translates into more than a quarter of British carbon dioxide emissions.

The power consumption of standby devices is twice that of previous models. Earlier it was said 8 percent, “explained report author Dr. Paul Owen. This is not just a traditional red LED on standby TVs. “We speak of equipment that is in a state of alertness, but also those that are idle because they do not do what they are designed for,” Owen emphasized.

In modern homes there are an average of 41 devices, compared to a dozen in the 70s of last century.

In the annual survey commissioned by EST, the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Energy and climate change took part in 250 households.

One of the surprising discoveries was the level of energy consumption in homes inhabited by individuals – it is the same and sometimes higher than for whole families, “said Dr. Owen.

The report also identifies the different habits of the respondents, such as the use of washing machines. “Usually washing machines are used 300 times a year, but there are also those who wash three times a day,” the researcher said.

Environment Minister Lord Taylor pointed out that neither the British government nor the British were able to control the rising costs of energy but could make it more efficient. “Our study shows that you can save up to £ 85 off appliances without leaving them in standby mode. Some savings can be made by yourself, being more sensitive to energy consumption, “he explained.

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Dr. Owen also pointed out that in the future, it may be important to increase the popularity of electric vehicles and that they will need to find room for home energy consumption.

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