Price comparison website moneysupermarket.com has calculated that Britons are wasting 85,000 tonnes of CO2 on overcharging their mobile phones every year; the equivalent of an electricity bill costing almost £40 million.
49% of mobile users under twenty admitting to overcharging their mobiles by an average of 7.3 hours every time; the national average is 13% of people overcharging by an average of eight hours. The company points out that the average phone only takes about 2-3 hours to charge up.
Their tips for saving money and prolonging battery life include:
- only charging your mobile phone for a maximum of four hours
- only charging your mobile when the battery is dead
- buying an eco-charger that stops charging once the battery is full
- buying an electronic timer plug that allows you to select the length of time you wish to charge