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Stop ‘vampire appliances’ from sucking up power and money with our top tips


WE will see vampires on the streets for Halloween this week – but did you know they are also in your home sucking up power and money?

So-called “vampire appliances” drain energy when left on standby or when used inefficiently — and you can end up paying hundreds of extra pounds a year. Here we show you how to stop bleeding cash . . . 

So-called 'vampire appliances' drain energy when left on standby or when used inefficiently, here's how to save your cash

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So-called ‘vampire appliances’ drain energy when left on standby or when used inefficiently, here’s how to save your cashCredit: Getty

SWITCH OFF: Leaving your gadgets and appliances on standby costs people £35 a year without them even realising. The main culprits are your TV, £16.24 a year; printer, £6.50; laptop, £4.87; and smart speaker, £3.45. Try getting an extension lead to plug in all your chargers and electricals so you can switch everything off together.

LIGHTBULB MOMENT: Turn off the lights when you’re not around — and make them as efficient as possible while they’re on. Replace all your old halogen bulbs with greener LEDs. It could save up to £40 a year, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

KEEP IT COOL: Doing your laundry at 30C rather than 40C can mean savings of up to £23 a year for a family, says Which? It will also reduce wear on clothes. But always wash clothes at a hotter temperature when they’re muddy.

DON’T DRY TOO HARD: Using your tumble dryer three times a week all year around will cost you £54 for the year. But drying your washing outside and limiting the tumble dryer to the wetter months will save you £27 a year, says Octopus Energy.

OFF THE BOIL: Only use the kettle to boil the water that’s needed when making a cuppa. This could cut £7 off your annual bill.

SPOILED COILS: Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the condenser coils at the back or underneath your fridge or freezer. Thick dust can reduce their efficiency by up to 25 per cent if left unchecked, according to Which? You could save up to £4 per year.

  • All prices correct at time of going to press.

Deal of the day

Grab a 15-bar pack of treat-size Cadbury fudge from Tesco for £1.39 and save £1.40

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Grab a 15-bar pack of treat-size Cadbury fudge from Tesco for £1.39 and save £1.40

GET a 15-bar pack of treat-size Cadbury fudge from Tesco for £1.39, down from £2.79 with a Clubcard.

SAVE: £1.40

Cheap treat

Start your morning right with six choc-filled Pret croissants at Morrisons and save 75p

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Start your morning right with six choc-filled Pret croissants at Morrisons and save 75p

UPGRADE breakfast with six choc-filled Pret croissants at Morrisons, on offer for £2.50 instead of £3.25.

SAVE: 75p

WIN!

YOU can win a foodie break on the Isle of Wight, including a three-night stay for four people in a yurt, £150 Wightlink ferry voucher and food and drink freebies.

Trip must be taken May 13 to 16 next year. Enter by filling out a form on wightlink.co.uk.

Top swap

Why spend £102 on Jo Malone’s Lime Basil & Mandarin cologne...

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Why spend £102 on Jo Malone’s Lime Basil & Mandarin cologne…
...when you can save £87.01 with the Lime & Basil scent from The Perfume Shop

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…when you can save £87.01 with the Lime & Basil scent from The Perfume Shop

THIS smells like a sweet idea. Swap Jo Malone’s £102 Lime Basil & Mandarin cologne for the Lime & Basil scent from The Perfume Shop now £14.99.

SAVE: £87.01

Savers’ little helper

FANCY a free £130? Apply online for a Santander account – either the 123, 123 Lite, Everyday, Select or Private current accounts.

You will only get the cash if you choose the option to switch accounts. Further terms and conditions apply.

Offer ends December 2.

Shop and save

Save £12.75 on six bottles of Campo Viejo from Sainsbury's

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Save £12.75 on six bottles of Campo Viejo from Sainsbury’s

THERE is 25 per cent off when buying six bottles of still or sparkling wine at Sainsbury’s. Get six bottles of £8.50 Campo Viejo and pay £38.25 instead of £51.

SAVE: £12.75

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  • All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals/offers subject to availability.
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