How Much Energy Do Your Appliances Use While They’re “Off”?

If you’re reading this through the RSS feed, then you already saw I dugg this. If you didn’t (or haven’t checked out the article yet), Ars Technica explores the power usage of devices such as TVs, phones, and even unused adapters, which have an “off” state in which the device is not actually off, but is instead in a low power mode. You’d be surprised to know that while some devices use very little power in this state, others can actually eat up quite a bit of energy, sometimes even more than their “on” usage. Read the full article here.

Here’s why that article really interested me: as of late, The Wife and I have started to become a bit more Earth-conscious. Monetary savings aside (and if you do it right, they can be substantial). We’ve started to recycle our paper, plastic and aluminum, and have began taking a close look at what wastes energy when we’re not around. (I’ve even started shutting off my computer during the day and when I’m out of the house.) It hasn’t been easy, but it hasn’t been hard, either. It’s simply been a matter of developing new habits. You can contact E.ON for more energy saving tips.

By the way, here’s a little trick I learned from my dad which has saved us almost $20/month on electricity. Turn of the water heater — via the fuse switch box — when you’re not at home. Turn it on 10 minutes before you’re about to bathe or use the dish washing machine, then switch it back off when you’re done. That’s it! Simple enough, so long as you don’t forget to turn it back on before you shower in the morning, unless you like cold showers.

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