The cost of living crisis and the rising cost of energy bills has left many looking for easy ways to save money.

Many families take on the key piece of advice to turn off the big tech that eats a lot of energy and costs a lot to run.

Whilst it is easy to turn some items off at the wall, others are used more regularly and instead choose to place on standby.

But now new research has revealed just how much leaving tech on standby can cost you.

Which? Has found the average cost using the most recent price cap figure of 34p per kWh, looking at the typical cost of leaving your TV and sound bar on standby.

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How much does it cost to leave tech on standby?

Although a lot of tech has low standby costs some could set you back over £100 a year, with the cost of the average American-style fridge freezer costing £146 a year. However, that's one item you can't afford to turn off, with health warnings issued earlier in the year after it was found some people were attempting to turn off fridges for periods of time, to save money. 

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The research conducted by Which? breaks down the cost of keeping tech on over a four-hour period compared to it being on standby for 20 hours.

It found that the cost of leaving your TV on will see you back £51.33 whilst leaving it on standby will cost you 65p.

A sound bar will cost you £10.35 if left on but if on standby it will cost you £5.58.

The result found that over a year you spend £24.18 when leaving tech on standby.

Although it might not sound like a huge amount, it is that extra bit of savings that could help you out.

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This year has seen a whole host of household price increases — from the energy price cap rise to surging inflation and food prices — costing your family hundreds or even thousands of pounds extra per year.

We’re making it our mission to look out for your cash, offering money-saving deals, competitions, giveaways and insightful stories from your community on the impact this cost-of-living crisis is having on our readers.

The worldwide energy crisis exacerbated by the Ukraine invasion, the financial impact of the Covid pandemic, record inflation figures and a surge in the cost of goods, fuel and travel means we will all feel the pinch.

Through our newspaper, we want to do what we can to help make your cash go further because we know your money matters.