Devices that consume more power in standby mode
Backup electronics are like leaky faucets that, even if they don’t work, create waste that you should try to minimize.
With the arrival of summer, rising electricity costs can become a concern for many families. There are many small changes you can make to save energy, one of which is standby mode.
In standby mode, the device does not switch off but switches to energy-saving mode. This allows us to turn it back on quickly when needed.
There are devices that use passive standby mode, such as B. Air conditioners, stoves … that is, they are still connected but not using electricity. However, there are devices that use active standby mode, which means they continue to draw power when not in use. Statistics show that active storage consumes 5 to 10 times more power than passive storage.
According to expert Natalia Lachim (UK), when we plug in a device, electricity continues to flow and consumes energy, even when it is not in use. “To reduce the amount of current, just turn it off and no current will pass through it,” says Natalia Lachim.
They are the devices that “eat” the most energy in standby mode.
“When you consider that the fridge/freezer has to be on all the time, it’s not surprising that it accounts for more than 12% of a home’s electricity consumption,” says Natalia.
Of course we can’t turn off the fridge when it’s not in use, but Natalia says there are ways to ensure you pay the minimum for your fridge. Regular cleaning of the refrigerator, inside and out, is the easiest way to save electricity. “If you’re getting rid of old groceries, the fridge doesn’t have to be running to keep them fresh or frozen, which saves electricity,” he says.
A 2021 study found that 98 per cent of UK households admit to keeping their TV on standby without realizing it can add a ton of money to your electricity bill.
The best way to avoid this is to unplug it. This does not harm the TV, but in many cases software updates are lost, causing the TV to run slower. If you do not want this, please activate the “energy saving mode” on the remote control.
Game consoles tend to be powered on and plugged in just like televisions, but they’re often overlooked. Making sure it’s turned off completely saves a lot of money, as a typical games console draws 5.4W in standby, double that of a TV.
While the kettle isn’t the worst energy hog, it does add an unnecessary amount to the bill. Therefore, it is better to unplug the power cord when you have finished cooking.
“Leaving an average kettle plugged in and switched on when not in use will cost you around £30 on your annual bill,” says Natalia.
We are all guilty if we didn’t unplug the charger after use. While not a huge expense, it adds around £20 to your annual bill.
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