The government has debunked five common energy myths in an attempt to help households save money on their gas and electricity bills this winter.

It says believing them can cost people hundreds of pounds a year.

Standby button

Myth: gadgets and appliances don't use energy when they're on standby

It's estimated that we spend up to £86 a year by leaving gadgets and appliances on standby. Switch them off if you're not charging them or using them.

Computer screensaver

Myth: computer screensavers save energy

In short, they don’t. Screensavers still consume energy so the best way to cut your energy bill is by switching off your monitor or computer completely.

Fridge

Myth: there’s nothing you can do to reduce the amount of energy your fridge, freezer and washing machine uses

You can, it is just a case of changing the settings. Try:

  • closing your fridge door straight away to stop hot air getting in. This means that the fridge won’t use more energy trying to cool itself down;
  • using the eco setting on your white goods;
  • check the energy rating when you buy new appliances.

LED bulb

Myth: LED light bulbs will cost you more

A single LED bulb lasts around 50 times longer than a traditional light bulb, meaning that you spend 80% less. An LED light bulbs costs around £9.30 and will last five and a half years if you leave it running constantly. The cost of traditional light bulbs over the same timespan would cost you around £135.

Myth: It’s a hassle to switch energy suppliers

Even though it can seem a little dull, switching supplier can only take about 45 minutes.

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