In an average household, electrical appliances use far more electricity when they're on standby than in active use. In fact, in an average household, 75% of the electricity used to power electronics is used while the products are on standby. Each time a computer or TV is left on standby it costs around 2p per hour, which equates to 48p a day, £3.36 per week, and £174.72 per year.
Almost all electronic appliances can be turned off at the plug without upsetting their programming. You may want to consider getting a standby saver which allows you to turn all your appliances off standby in one go, saving you time and money.
* Always check the instructions for any appliances you aren’t sure about. Some satellite and digital TV recorders may need to be left plugged in so they can keep track of any programmes you want to record.