Dosh Express Reviews Survey Stating UK Homes Waste Billions A Year in Unnecessary Electricity Use

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According to a recently released report, UK households waste billions a year in unnecessary electricity costs.

UK households are paying up to £86 extra on yearly electricity bills

The team at Dosh Express are quick to encourage consumers to take note of the rate at which they can waste water. In 2010, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Energy Saving Trust jointly commissioned an ambitious, ground-breaking study designed to uncover the actual, day-to-day, minute-by- minute, electricity consumption habits of the nation.

By leaving appliances such as televisions and computers in standby mode instead of switching them off completely UK households are paying up to £86 extra on yearly electricity bills. This figure is much higher than Government previously thought, and totals about £1.3 billion a year.

We run, on average, 5.5 washes a week, similar to the previous estimated average of five. Households with a tumble dryer will dry 81 per cent of their wash cycles using dryers rather than utilising outdoor washing lines or other non-powered forms of drying. If households own a washing machine and a tumble dryer, then the price of laundering their clothes typically costs them £80 per year, not including the cost of detergents and fabric softeners.

In total, the average household with a washing machine plus tumble dryer spends around £81 a year keeping their clothes clean. If they only own a washing machine this cost falls to £24 per annum.

Though this study was released two years ago, the results are still relevant in today's economically challenging times, and industry officials continue to encourage homeowners to reconsider their wasteful habits.

Environment Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach said: "As this survey shows we are using a lot more energy than previously thought. "We can all do simple things like switching off our televisions, computers and other home electronics and save up to £85 on electricity bill each year."

A Dosh Express spokesperson said “Doing basic things like shutting off lights in unoccupied rooms, switching off electronics, and drying clothing on clothing lines instead of a tumble dryer can save the average UK consumer hundreds of pounds a year in unnecessary costs.” He further added “consumers are having a difficult time making ends meet and many apply for credit such as Payday loans from lenders such as Dosh Express, when this can actually be avoided through saving on their electricity and other utility bills.”

The report can be downloaded from the Energy Trust here.

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