With the cost-of-living crisis continuing to hit families’ finances, and the energy price cap rising next month, many of us are looking out how we can cut back on energy use.

The price cap is set to rise to £3,549 on October 1, Ofgem confirmed, an 80% increase on the previous figure of £1,971.

The price cap figure of £3,549 applies to homes on default tariffs paying by direct debit and based on typical use.

Leaving a device plugged in and switched on at the mains will use electricity, even if the device itself isn’t in use.

How to reduce your energy bills as prices increase

Building and construction expert Thomas Goodman from MyJobQuote told The Mirror how much you could be losing by leaving appliances on stand-by.


Leaving a light on overnight could be adding up to £23 to your annual energy bills.

Mr Goodman said an estimated 4.7 million homes are losing out on money as a result of leaving lights on when they’re not needed.

Installing dimmer switches for your main lights and replacing your current bulbs with energy-efficient options are good ways to cut back on your energy use.


Research shows that 98% of households across the UK admit to leaving their TV on standby at all times rather than switching them off at the plug.

This could increase your energy bill by £30 over the course of a year.


Leaving speakers on standby throughout the day results in 90 watts of waster energy per day.

This adds up to an annual cost of £6 per year for not switching speakers off at the plug.


Many will charge laptops, phones, or tablets overnight, but leaving them on charge for longer than necessary can waste a lot of energy.

Unplugging chargers once a device is fully charged could save you money, with Mr Goodman estimating UK consumers waste more than £28million per year by overcharging their gadgets.

Games consoles

Leaving games consoles on when they aren’t in use is costing households more than £22 per year.


Switching off your microwave at the wall could save you £5 per year.

Its not a device many of us think about leaving on, but microwaves use an estimated 28 watts of energy per day whilst sat on standby.