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    5 Sources of Standby Power Draining Your Home

    5 Sources of Standby Power Draining Your Home

    February 28, 2019

    standby power

    Have you ever scratched your head wondering why your electricity bills are so unusually high? It might be due to standby power, also known as “vampire power” draining away from your appliances.

    Even when your tech is not in use, it drains energy from your outlets. Electricity cycles through appliances while they are plugged in and in standby mode (giving this phenomenon its name).

    Once you are conscious of standby power, it becomes easier to stop it from spiking your electric bill. But some sources of standby power might surprise you.

    At 24/7 Electric, we are always happy to help our customers save money and energy. Here are five sources of standby power you should eliminate from your home.

    1. Computers

    This standby power culprit might have been your first guess, but it is one of the worst offenders. Believe it or not, the amount of energy used by a computer when it is turned off is actually pretty similar to when it is turned on.

    Power down monitors instead of just putting your computer to sleep. If possible, unplug your computer when you aren’t home or plug it into a power strip with other tech accessories and switch the strip off.

    2. TVs

    The larger the screen, the more energy your TV is using. Take care to turn your TV off when you are done watching instead of just leaving it on in the background. Use the same power strip trick recommend for your computer to easily switch off your screen, sound system, cable box, and any other accessories.

    3. Video Game Consoles

    It takes lots of power to blast into outer space or slay enemy soldiers on your screen. When you’re finished playing, don’t just power your console down. Unplug it from the wall to minimize standby energy.

    4. Cell Phone Chargers

    Most people leave their phones charging overnight. It’s easy to forget about your phone charger when you leave the house for the day, but it means energy will be flowing through your charging cable the whole time you are gone. Unplug your charger and leave it on your night stand in the same spot or bring it along with you to help you remember.

    5. Kitchen Appliances

    Some kitchen appliances like your refrigerator and microwave must remain plugged in and turned on at all times. To help combat the energy loss, make sure you unplug other small appliances and put them away. While it’s easier to remember to stow a toaster or a blender after use, coffee makers are common standby power culprits. Once you have drained your morning coffee cups, completely unplug your coffee maker before you leave the house.

    Are these sources of standby power draining your home of its valuable energy?

    Don’t let energy vampires suck your electricity away while you’re gone and raise your utility bills. Remember to use power strips and check your appliances before you leave the house so that you won’t waste energy on standby power.

    If you need a licensed and qualified electrician in Calgary, call 24/7 Electric! 587-315-1361 for a Calgary Electrician, or complete our online request form.