We’re all looking to save a dollar here or there, and one of the most frequently ignored ways to do this is by lowering your electricity bill. One of the best ways to do this? Turn off appliances that aren’t in use. Yes, we all know it – but are we doing it?
Still, a lot of people don’t realise this but when appliances aren’t in use they are often still sucking power, albeit in somewhat reduced amounts. This goes for everything from mobile phone and laptop chargers to microwaves and televisions.
Electric companies refer to this as “standby power” and laugh as they watch it inflate consumer bills between 3-10% every single month! This may not seem like a lot, but if you’re assuming you’re an average 20 Kilowatt per day user, paying 26 cents per kilowatt hour, you’re spending between $57-$190 per year to power appliances that aren’t even in use!
So how do you make sure it’s off? Follow the steps here.
Be aware of which devices are in use when not in use
Almost anything you can plug in acts as a drain even when it’s off, but here’s a somewhat comprehensive list of things to think about.
- Electronics (chargers, computers, satellites)
- Gaming consoles
- Microwaves and kitchen appliances
- Printers, speakers, and other accessory equipment
- Washers and dryers
Use power bars
The next step is figuring out how to turn these things off without spending too long running around your house every day to unplug it all, and the answer to this is power bars. Consider televisions, gaming consoles, dvd players, and mobile phone chargers. These are often all plugged into the same wall, so why not invest in a surge protecting power bar that can flick them off when they’re not being used? That’s probably the cheapest option or you could buy timers that you can program to switch off appliances during certain hours you stipulate.
There is no point to paying for electricity you don’t even need, it’s like literally throwing money away to the electric company. If you want to start saving today, unplug those unused appliances!
As an added bonus? On top of being financially responsible, keeping your power usage as low as possible is environmentally responsible as well. This is a true win-win where people get to benefit AND so does the environment – how rare is that?
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