Leaving electrical devices such as televisions and games consoles on standby can cost up to £80 a year in electricity bills.
Turning appliances off when they are not in use would save UK homes £1.7billion a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust,
Despite the cost, a poll found that three-quarters of homes with a spare television leave it on standby.
A games console on standby can cost up to £30 a year, but nearly two-fifths of console owners leave them on, according to the Ipsos Mori poll.
Old appliances can also waste money if they have small faults or are inefficient.
We are a nation on standby.
Millions of us are unintentionally wasting electricity when we leave our gadgets on standby, It’s an easy mistake to make yet it costs us a fortune.
YES, I'm talking about YOU!!!!
In the next 5 days most of you will be out of the house for 40 hours and asleep for a further 40. 80 hours of electricity wasted in a week, EVERY week...