Apr 19, 2010

Bucko's Bucks - Electricity Vampires

You can reduce your electricity bills by as much as 10% - simply by unplugging appliances or switching devices off at the power point they are connected to when not in use. It's good for your wallet and for our planet.

Standby, also known as phantom power loads, are responsible for an incredible amount of electricity consumption nationally. Practically every electronic device that you plug into a socket continues to consume electricity after you've switched the device off. Examples include phone charges, notebook power adaptors, microwave ovens, game consoles cd, video and dvd players

If an appliance or device has an adaptor, the easiest way to tell if it's still drawing power when the device is switched off is if the adaptor is warm.

While the amount of power being drawn by each of these appliances in standby mode usually isn't huge - anything from .5 - 5 watts per hour; when you consider the number of electronics devices in the average home these days and multiply that by the number of hours in a year; then multiply that by the number of households in your country - it really adds up. The average home in the USA consumers about 50 watts of standby power an hour. The annual collective standby power draw from households in the USA is around 8 gigawatts - equivalent to the electricity production of eight large power plants.


  1. Thanks for that! I didnt have a clue about it! I will be unplugging like mad now! Laine xxx

  2. A good service you've provided here! Thanks for the tips!

  3. Tripping over all the wires and cords plugged in at my house. Looks like we need to make a few changes for the good of everyone.

  4. I've always shut my computer down at night and wondered why companies don't. I've worked for several where they wanted the computers on 24/7. There are other things I could do to cut back on the electrical use and my husband and I are truly working on that. Thanks for this entry. =)


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