Money-Saving Tips

Many home electronic devices draw power as long as they’re plugged in, even when turned off or not in use. These devices include TVs, computers, cell phone chargers, stereos, DVD players, and more. For some products, this superfluous energy accounts for the majority of their power usage. Even when the amount of standby power used is relatively low, the aggregate use across the country translates into a massive amount of wasted energy. A DVD player, for example, can be drawing as much as ten watts when plugged in and turned off. Some devices do require standby power in order to maintain signal receptivity, monitor internal conditions, charge a battery, and perform other necessary functions, so consult your owner’s manuals before deciding to limit a device’s access to standby power.