Absent minded youngsters leaving lights and electronic gadgets on in the home are costing UK parents a staggering £525m year.
The average extra energy cost per household works out at over £70 because kids fail to use the off switch and allow equipment to continue burning up the kilowatts, research for smart home control system LightwaveRF has revealed.
Power guzzling games consoles and computers are the worst offenders and the bill for keeping them permanently on standby can clock up £40 over 12 months.
Forgetting to turn off the TV, satellite boxes and other video and audio equipment for as little eight hour a day adds another £16.
Low wattage LED lights are hailed as energy savers but having five lights burning in a couple of rooms when no one is there, such as the bedroom and bathroom, for just three hours a day costs a yearly £11. And while topping up phones and tablets is relatively cheap, putting them on constant charge whenever at home still brings another £3 in extra charges. In addition notching up the radiators when feeling cold or deserting heaters and electric fans on full blast when leaving the room is guaranteed to have the electricity meter spinning.
Studies carried out by the Energy Savings Trust found that four in ten youngsters fail to switch off lights and equipment when leaving a room and with ever increasing numbers of parents working lights and electronic equipment can be left unattended all day.
Now technology is offering a solution and fed up parents are turning to “smart home” systems where every room can be controlled at the touch of an app on a phone.
The UK’s fastest growing smart homes provider spokesperson LightwaveRF Mike Lord said: “Households are realising that they can use readily available technology in every aspect of the home to save time, energy and money.
“The cost of electricity is a major chunk of household expenditure. The figures show that more than 11% of electricity consumers in homes is wasted by not using the off switch.
“We are also becoming more environmentally conscious and want to save energy whenever possible. Getting your children to turn off lights and gadgets they use is the obvious way to save money, and energy, but it is relentless for parents and only natural for kids to frequently forget.
“No one wants to spend their time nagging and constantly walking around the home checking every switch is off. And while we have highlighted how youngsters are forgetful, parents can be equally so. Add on what everyone in the household leaves on and unnecessary energy bills can easily double. Thankfully with modern technology there is an easier way.”
Lightwave RF allows for a complete control of lighting, heating and power room by room in the home through a smartphone app without the need for re-wiring or the use of an electrician. For more information visit www.lightwaverf.com.