Eight vampire appliances could be adding HUNDREDS to your bills. It comes ahead of a rising Cost of Living Crisis, with hikes on everything from energy to National Insurance.
There are even hikes on Council Tax, water bills, and subscription services like Netflix. Smart meter data analyst Loop has shared the eight problem appliances causing issues.
Steve Buckley, Head of Data Science at Loop, explains: “Many people I speak to are really worried about their energy bills right now, and sadly the situation is not set to improve for some time yet.
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“The reality is that the only way we can lower our energy bills right now is to reduce the amount of energy we use and the key to that is measuring our use. If you measure it, you can control it. If you measure it, you can see the impact of changes you make.
“Understanding whether your phantom load is low, medium or high is the first step towards reducing it and can lead to big savings. Our free app connects to your smart meter so you can benchmark against other households and track your usage and use the data to your advantage. You can easily identify the culprits draining your energy and adding pounds to your bills. “
Energy-sucking devices, like electric towel rails or underfloor heating, could add a whopping £ 429 a year (or £ 8.25 per week) on energy bills from next week. This will increase to £ 512 a year when the price rises again in October.
Second fridge – £ 99
Desktops – £ 79
Set-top box – £ 149
Outdoor security lights – £ 50
Outdoor lighting – £ 125
Traditional electric heating – £ 739
Electric underfloor heating- £ 309
Electric towel rail – £ 149
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