by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

The average home can save £37 every year by turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby. Lights and appliances account for 23 per cent of a household’s electricity consumption*.

Electricity monitors enable people to understand the cost of electricity and B&Q is making it easier to see how small changes can make a big difference to a home’s energy consumption with the OWL energy monitor.

The OWL shows the impact that can be made by the simple flick of a switch, which could lead to substantial savings each year. It is simple to install; the OWL Wireless Electricity Monitor is easily clipped on to your existing mains supply without the need for an electrician or tools.

Available from 161 B&Q stores nationwide in the UK the OWL sells at £19.98.

Additional energy savings, obviously, can be achieved by home insulation and such like but many have done that already and still leave their lights and appliance on. With such a monitor it may be brought home to them as to how much they are wasting.

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* Energy savings supplied by the Energy Saving Trust