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Charging phones at work costs businesses £1.5 billion

Consumers are saving a collective £1.5 billion on energy bills by charging up their phones and gadgets at work.

The research, from uSwitch.com has found that by saving an average of £110 a year by charging up at work, consumers are adding a total of £1.5 billion onto their employers' energy bills.

An additional £1.4 billion is being added to businesses bills through carelessness, as consumers are less worried about wasting energy or resource at work. Lights are more likely to be left on, and devices remain plugged in at work when they are not in use.

Commenting, Kevin Sears, energy efficiency expert at uSwitch.com, said: "With energy bills rising consumers are becoming more energy efficient at home. However, when it's the boss' pocket and not our own, it seems that even simple energy efficiency measures go out of the window.

"Being efficient doesn't have to be hard work, but with the high cost of energy hitting households and businesses alike, it does have to be a full time job. Even small measures such as turning off lights when you're not in the room and not leaving devices on standby can all help cut energy bills, whether you are at work or at home. And not only will it cut costs, but it will help the environment too, making it a win-win for everyone."