Don’t turn off your Wi-Fi to save energy!

Turning it off can make your connection easier to hack – experts say

Big Zero Report 2023

As energy prices soar, many Brits are being tempted to save cash by whatever means necessary – turning off electrical appliances and using less items.

However, turning off your Wi-Fi should be a no-go, providers say.

Although British Gas released research claiming that up to £20 a year could be knocked off your energy bills by disconnecting your router overnight, providers such as BT and Sky are saying that switching it off can mean slower speeds when it’s turned back on.

It can also leave your internet more susceptible to hacking, they warn.

The companies advise users to keep Wi-Fi connected all year round, as when the switch is turned on and off multiple times, a signal is sent to the providers flagging it as a faulty connection.

This signal means the providers place an emergency speed restriction on the router, they have stated.

BT stated: “Constantly switching off the hub makes the line look unstable, meaning that your speed may be automatically reduced to improve the reliability of your broadband connection.”

A spokesperson from Sky Broadband added: “Switching off your router overnight can affect automatic software updates and optimisations which in turn can impact the overall performance, speed and stability of your broadband.

“All our current hubs are EU Eco Design Regulation approved, meaning no excessive energy consumption is being used.”

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