Brits killing the planet by overcharging mobiles

Mobile phone charger plugged into globe

The majority of mobile phone users in the UK are leaving their phones plugged in to charge for much longer than required, causing unnecessary damage to the environment and our bank balances.

So claimed research by comparison site, which reckoned that British mobile fans waste 85,000 tonnes of CO2 each year through handset overcharging. This amounts to almost 40 million a year in electricity costs.

"There have been some great advances in green technology from mobile manufacturers recently but all that goes out the window when people are overcharging mobiles wasting energy and driving up their utility bills," said James Parker, manager of mobiles at, in a statement.

He added: "Many people can't imagine going a day without their mobile meaning they have them almost permanently plugged in. The average phone only takes about 2-3 hours to charge up and overcharging can actually be damaging to the battery life. People should remember to unplug the phone charger when they are done; it will not only be good for the phone's battery life, but good for their wallet too."

Women came out on top as the most environmentally savvy, with just 11 per cent admitting to being guilty of over charging, compared to 15 per cent of men. On average, women charge their devices for 6.8 hours, whereas men opt for 8.5 hours.

However, the youth of today leave a lot to be desired when it comes to having a green conscience. Almost half (49 per cent) of under 20s put their hands up to over charging, plugging in their mobiles, on average, for 7.3 hours each time.

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.