Look around the room. How many devices are plugged in that are not in use? Most likely, there are several. Everyone does it—whether it’s phone chargers, televisions, laptops, or other devices, these items are adding costs to your electricity bill. There are a few things you can do to reduce this kind of standby power usage. Let’s get started:
What is standby power?
Standby power is everywhere in our homes and offices. It’s the power electronic devices such as your TV, computer, and chargers continue to use even when they are turned off. It can cost you around $100 each year, which is the amount the average home pays for a month’s worth of electricity. These costs can double when you’re looking at devices in workplaces.
How do I reduce standby power usage?
Reducing standby electricity usage is fairly simple. First, identify all the items in your home or office that may by drawing standby power. Here are a few tips on how to spot these devices: they use an external power supply, come with a remote, have a digital display, charge a battery, or have a soft-touch keypad. Next, purchase and install power strips to plug your devices into, instead of a wall outlet. This allows you to easily turn off multiple items at once with a simple switch. Some power strips even come with timers, so you can program them to turn off at night.
To find out if your efforts are working, monitor your energy usage on your monthly bills from your electricity provider—and don’t forget about the lights! To increase your energy savings, make sure your family is turning off lights when they are not needed.
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