15 surprising energy facts


Only 5% of the power drawn by a phone charger is used to charge the phone – so remember to turn it off when you are done!


A typical microwave uses more electricity to keep its digital clock on standby than it does heating food.


Renewable energy creates three times more jobs than the fossil fuel industry.


In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power electronics is consumed while the products are turned off (on standby). Each TV or computer left on standby is estimated to cost you 2p per hour.


If everyone boiled only the water they needed every time they used the kettle, we could save enough electricity in a year to power the UK’s street lights for nearly 7 months.


Turning the thermostat down just 1°C saves 8% in heating costs.


A fridge freezer can account for up to 5% of a household’s annual electricity bill. Defrosting it regularly could save you quite a bit of money.


Laptops use up to 85% less electricity than desktop PCs.


Insulating your hot water cylinder could save you approximately £150 a year. If your tank is already lined with factory foam, savings could amount to £20-30 a year.


Installing external wall insulation can prevent up to 40% of heat loss from your home.


A new gas boiler is normally about 25% more efficient than a 20 year-old boiler. You could save up to £270 a year on bills by replacing it.


Your radiator also emits heat out of the side facing the wall. If your walls are un-insulated, this can leak straight through to outside. Stick radiator reflectors behind them to save yourself money and keep your house warm.


Washing clothes at 40°c uses a third less energy than a 60°c cycle.


Turning your thermostat down one degree can save nearly £100 per year.


Up to 4% of household heat can be lost through an uninsulated chimney.

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