Too many people in the UK are wasting energy in their households by charging their mobile phones for too long. Combined with other gadgets, it is estimated that £134 million a year is being thrown away by overcharging electrical equipment.

Research conducted by energy firm E.ON found that one in five Britons leave their devices plugged in once the battery is full just in case their gadgets run out of power when they leave the house.

It was found that nine in ten owners of electrical equipment keep them on constant charge when in the house, unaware of the potential damage to the device.

The research also found that mobile phones were the second most charged items all with 41 per cent of people saying they continued to charge their device even when its battery was full.

"There is clearly a lot of confusion about what’s good for our electronics and it is astonishing that 90 per cent of people overcharge their gadgets," presenter of Channel 5's The Gadget Show Pollyanna Woodward added.

In November, research by the Northwestern University suggested that a move to long-life batteries for mobile phones could come sooner rather than later.

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