Saving energy - not leaving electrical equipment on standby

by Ian Mortmer
(Crawley, Sussex, UK.)

Better to shut it right off...

Better to shut it right off...

A very large amount of electrical energy could be saved by not leaving things like TVs and video equipment on standby when not actually being used. Although leaving things on standby can be very convenient it is also a total waste of energy and money. It also substantially increases carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere all the time we carry using fossil fuels to generate electricity.

I feel that this situation needs to be addressed very quickly... For gods sake we are looking at the future of the whole planet and all life on it not just human beings!

For heavens sake everybody wake up!!!

Barry's Response - Standby power (aka phantom load, vampire power) is about 15 W. That's about the same as your average CFL. Even just a few of these things can waste a lot of energy.

Using a dime per kilowatt-hour estimate, a 15 W trickle wastes 15 x 1000 x 720 = 10.8 kW-h or $1.08 per month. If you multiply that by the number of devices in your house, you might not want to just throw it away.

Various parts of the world will have new regulations requiring new devices to use less than one Watt in standby. Okay, that's better.

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