According to the latest statistics, the experts say that if you’re like the typical American, you’ve probably got about 40 household appliances that you routinely leave plugged in – even when these devices aren’t actively being used. But, let me ask you a simple question – did you know that even when they’re turned off, appliances and electronic gadgets gobble up energy, costing you money? Yes, and the experts also say that the average U.S. household spends about $1,900 a year on energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. And the DOE says that anywhere from 5% to 10% of your residential electricity is sapped by devices that are plugged in 24 hours a day.
So here’s a quick rundown of a dozen household appliances and electronics you should unplug to save both energy and money:
- Cellphone Charger
Did you know that a single cell phone charger will consume 1 watt while plugged into the wall, even without a phone plugged into it! The same cellphone charger will also consume 4.5 watts of electricity with a cell phone plugged into it that is already fully charged! The same cellphone charger will consume 8 watts of power while charging a cell phone.
- DVR Set Box
A stand-alone DVR set-top box will consume 48.5 watts of power while turned off. A digital cable DVR set-top box will consume 43.5 watts of electricity while turned off, while a digital cable box without DVR will consume 33 watts of electricity. A satellite set-top box with or without DVR will consume 33.5 watts of power while turned off.
Almost everyone has a TV in their home, so how much electricity do TVs consume while turned off? Rear projection TV will consume 48.5 watts of electricity while it is turned off! A standard CRT TV will consume 13 watts while turned off.
- Stereo System
Most of you will have a mini stereo system, one of those with speakers, CD player, AM/FM radio, etc. all built into one unit. They will consume 24.5 watts of power while turned off! I’m sure most of you have one of these in your bedroom, living room, or kid’s bedroom.
- Audio Receiver
A home theatre audio receiver that most of you will have hooked up to your TV in your living room will consume 19.5 watts of electricity while it is turned off.
- Desktop Computer
We all know that many people around the world still use desktop computers. So, when this type of computer is in its hibernating or sleeping mode, it reaches 21,1w, and when it is on, (even with the monitor off) – it might spend 73,9w.
- Coffee Machine
Well, if you are not making coffee, your coffee machine can consume more than 1w when it’s in sleep mode. This means that you should turn it off and save energy.
- Video Game Console
The video game console consumes about 1w – when it’s off, but plugged. And if it is on, it consumes up to 23,3w. Many kids leave them on all day! So, you should turn it off and save more energy.
- Cable TV Receiver
Well, we all know that this device can be on all the time. There are many people who do not watch TV – at all. But, you should unplug it, when you’re not watching TV – to save more energy.
This is one of the most energy consuming appliances in every home. It consumes about 3.08 w, but when the door is open – it can consume up to 25.79 w. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You and take care!