The Energy Saving Trust has released a report showing that consumption of electrical goods is set to increase over the next year, causing concern for the amount of energy used and wasted by leaving devices on standby.
The survey also revealed what gadgets are considered essential by today’s consumers, and that these now include items such as bread makers and juicers.
At the moment, the consumer electronic market is predicted to rise by a third to 6 billion pounds sterling between 2001 and 2009, but these figures focus more on TVs and DVD players rather than devices previously considered luxuries rather than essentials.
The new items on the list of essential electronics include cordless telephones, electric toothbrushes, which nearly half of those surveyed think is essential, juicers, coffee machines, and breadmakers.
Those who are most concerned with home electronics are dubbed “trendies” make up 32% of consumers, and are aged between 34-44.
The point of the survey is to raise awareness about the amount of electricity that is used by various electronic goods. For example, a plasma TV uses up four times more energy that its older, traditional counterpart.
An integrated digital TV uses up less electricity than separate TV and freeview or satellite box.
If consumption and the acquisition of electronic goods continues to grow at the rate that its predicted, over the next 5 years, electricity consumption by home consumers is expected to rise by 82%.
“Some electrical items will be replacements but when you look at the trend it is clear that householders are increasingly adding new electrical gadgets to their homes", said Philip Sellwood, CEO of the Energy Saving Trust. “And we’re very surprised by what people claim are essential products."
“As well as increasing our spending on consumer electronics, our growing passion for gadgets is having a significant impact on our energy bills, and on the environment."
“Over the past 10 years electricity consumption from consumer electronics and domestic IT has increased by 47%."
“This increase in electricity consumption would result in greater carbon dioxide emissions, one of the main causes of climate change.”