Forgetful youngsters leaving lights and electronic gadgets on in the home are costing Britain’s parents £525 million a year, a new report claims.
The average extra energy cost per household works out at more than £70 because children fail to use the off switch and allow equipment to continue burning up the kilowatts, research found.
The study shows that 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.
£70 a year is 10 hours minimum wage time, close enough. We also know that unpid domestic labour shuld be valued at about minimum wage (actually, the undifferentiated wage rate but that’s the same thing really).
Or 12 minutes work a week. So, is this actually waste? Would you have to snarl at the kids for more than 12 minutes a week to stop this wastage? Further, the time spent powering down fully and powering up again, would this amount to more than that 12 minutes.
In fact, is this £500 million bill a waste of electricity or a saving of time?