6 energy sucking household appliances

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18 Sep 2013

Did you know that there are appliances in your home that continue to suck power even when they're switched off? Certain appliances, even when off, aren't actually switched off, they are in stand-by mode.

Nearly every TV you buy these days is fitted with stand-by mode, which uses energy even when not in use.

In the past, stand-by power wasn't too much of an issue, but growing awareness has increased and many manufacturers are restricting stand-by power.

The 'vampire' effect is more applicable to older model appliances, since these can suck up to 12 watts an hour when in stand-by mode and, while new legislation requires that manufacturers limit stand-by power to no more than one watt, energy is still being wasted.

Here is a list of the top 'vampire' appliances in the home and how you can save money every month simply by unplugging them. 

1. Television sets

Nearly every TV you buy these days is fitted with stand-by mode. What this means is that you don't actually switch the TV on and off but can simply press any button on your remote to activate it.

DVD players are huge energy wasters and they constantly use up power unless you switch them off at the power socket.

On some models, simply pressing the on/off switch will switch off the stand-by mode, but other models actually require that you switch them off at the plug point.

If you only watch TV when you get home in the evening, imagine how much power has gone to waste.

Make sure you switch off your TV at the power socket when not in use. 

2. CD, DVD or Blue Ray player

These are huge energy wasters and they constantly use up power unless you switch them off at the power socket.

Models that feature LED clocks and run messages across the display are the biggest culprits.

3. Video games

Laptops being left plugged in to chargers suck whopping amounts of electricity.

Other energy-hungry appliances in the home include video games. These appliances can waste a huge amount of electricity.

Switching off the unit will only put it in stand-by mode. To stop the wasteful usage of power, homeowners will have to find the main on/off switch on the unit or simply switch it off at the power socket.

4. PC and laptop

Owners are the main culprits here, but PCs left switched on with screensavers floating around and laptops being left plugged in to chargers suck whopping amounts of electricity.

It's far more economical and eco-friendly to switch these off when not in use, or when fully charged. 

More often than not, cell phone owners plug their phones into the charger and then forget about them until they're needed.

5. Cell phone chargers

Again, like laptops, owners plug them in to charge and then forget about them until they're needed.

Even if a charger isn't in use but still plugged in, it's sucking power out of your home. And while it might not be an issue on its own, when you add everything up even a small amount makes a big difference.  

6. Office equipment and home appliances

Pay attention to your home office appliances too - any equipment that has a lit stand-by button or LED display when not in use is using up energy in your home.

Check your printer, modem or other technological gadgets and switch them off at the power source. 

Practical energy saving tips

Investing in a few multi-plug adapters for your power outlet sockets means that you can effectively and permanently switch off appliances when not in use.

Buy a model that has an on/off switch so that you know that everything is switched off when not in use. 

At the end of the day when you add it all up, ‘vampire’ appliances are consuming energy, wasting your money and adding to your carbon footprint. Do the right thing and switch them off at the plug.

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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