We’ve all been there; the alarm
didn’t go off, you’ve rushed to put an acceptable amount of slap on your face, tamed
your barnet and fled out the door. Halfway to work it suddenly dawns on you that you didn’t
check that the straighteners were turned off and you may be returning to a huge scorch mark in your carpet. (You don’t want to know how many bed covers and sideboards I’ve gone through.)
Newly released research by
British Gas found that 30 million people in the UK suffer from ‘appliance anxiety’ and
can worry for up to 80 minutes each week about leaving appliances switched on when they’ve left the
house. This equates to an incredible 8 months of an average person’s life spent
worrying about the consequences of leaving hair straighteners and the TV on. (You could watch the whole of Sex in The City ten times over in that time.)
It’s no wonder we worry; leaving
appliances switched on is expensive – £740 million a year is lost due to
applications being left on standby. I’m guiltier than most when it comes to leaving my straighteners, hair dryer, laptop and chargers all left in the socket. It’s money that should be spent on far more
exciting things (i.e. shoes) than ironing the carpet!
Thankfully measures are now
being developed by British Gas to eradicate the hours spent worrying about appliances left on
and reduce the money wasted. The next generation smart meter from
British Gas has a traffic light system that indicates when appliances are
switched on. Technology is also currently in development to allow British Gas
customers to remotely control their central heating and household appliances. So all it takes is a quick look
at the smart meter as you sprint out of the door to check that everything is
switched off. You’ll save yourself money, energy and you can spend the tube
ride to work worry-free.
Do you ever leave the house in a mild panic? Have you ever burnt the carpet with your straighteners?
Find out more about the technology here.