Break the Standby Habit: Save on your Energy Bills
We always opt for lazy option and leave our appliances on standby mode instead of turning them off at the mains. Are we saving or not this way?
Most of our appliances like television, computer, microwaves, coffeemakers, and more drain energy every time they’re plugged into a socket, regardless of whether they’re turned on or off.
Even when electronics appear to be turned off, it still consumes power for charging, sending and receiving signals of for instant turn-on. Standby power accounts for around 3% to 10% of overall household electricity usage. A ridiculous amount of money just thrown away on devices you aren’t even using.
Electricity generated for these always-on devices represents a lot of carbon pollution that contributes to global warming but could be avoided.
These are the most power-hungry devices in your home and should receive priority in deciding when to unplug:
- Cable Boxes
Have an energy footprint far greater than their size would indicate. If you have more than one television, request for a multi-room box which allows you to ditch all
Sleep mode is good but not as good as turning off and unplugging entirely. Laptops are more energy efficient read here. Also, screensavers save nothing.
The bigger it is the more power it sucks, the more should it be unplugged or put it on a power strip and shut it off entirely if not in use. Flat screen TV’s use about twice as much power as their smaller counterparts.
All those mp3 docking stations, home theaters, and DVD players add up. Cluster these devices on a smart power strip.
- Game Consoles
Most tend to leave game consoles all the time. The Nintendo Wii uses significantly less energy than other popular systems (Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation). Many consoles now automatically switch to a power saving idle mode after a period of inactivity, even “sleeping” games use some energy. Put it on a power strip and get it off entirely.
Some ways to slay the “energy vampires” in your home:
- Unplug the device, not in use or used rarely.
- Plug devices into a power strip or power board for a cluster of appliances.
- Plug them into a timer.
- Search and Buy for low standby products.
Keep in mind:
The rule for saving money on standby power: If it’s not in use, turn it off at the wall.