Device could save homes cash by saving energy

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PORTSMOUTH innovation firm Senical has designed a gizmo to help save £1.3bn in wasted energy.

Called Ban the Button, the device fits snugly over the standby button on remote controls to force people to switch their electrical goods off properly.

The button has been launched in response by a report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which says a household could save £85 a year just by switching things off properly.

Steve Nicoll, marketing director of Senical, said: ‘Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest.

‘We’re glad the report has come out as it highlights the amount of energy we waste by leaving appliances on standby.’

The device costs £3.99 and is available to buy online from Amazon.