Did you know that the average American family has approximately 40 different appliances that are left plugged in when they’re not in use? That number may seem high, but if you break it down room by room, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Your refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, toaster, coffee maker in the kitchen. You have a TV, cable or satellite box, Blu-ray player, gaming consoles and lamps. Not to mention any laptops, docking stations, or any other mobile device chargers that you have. The number adds up quickly.
For many years, setting the temperature a little warmer in the summer and a little cooler in the winter and turning off a light when you left the room were enough to keep electricity bills down. But an aspect many forget is that when a device is powered off, it’s still consuming a small amount of electricity.
Individually, these devices use less than 1 watt of electricity when they’re in standby mode. If your home has 40 idle, plugged in devices, it’s easy to see how that could impact your electricity bill. The Department of Energy estimates that those electronics take up 5% – 10% of your electricity. Multiplied over the entire country, these idle gadgets take up 100 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. In simple terms, that’s enough power for 8.7 million homes. All of those devices cost us around $11 billion per year. That’s a lot of wasted power!
The list below names the largest culprits of costing you money when left plugged in:
Other things to consider unplugging:
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