There was a thread on TVs and how they use electricity when turned
off. DOE is researching the issue of appliances using energy when in
"standy mode." You might think this is minimal, but when you add up
the TV, game consoles, stereos, DSL/cable routers, computers, etc. DOE
says it can be 10% of your energy usage. There are ways to reduce
energy usage anyway by unplugging less used appliances. Putting
computers in hyberate mode is better than a screen saver. Not sure if
all appliances are energy-star compliant.
I think that 10% from "phantom loads" would be a pretty extreme case,
1-2% is probably more typical. Yes, there is standby power used by a lot
of stuff, in particular anything with a remote control.
You can reduce some of it, like putting chargers for cell phones and
whatnot on power strips and turning them off when you're away. You could
put stuff on a timer to automate that, but the timer also uses standby
power. If you can cluster all your phantom loads to one power strip on a
timer you could still save while minimizing the hassle.
Stuff like cable and satellite boxes don't handle full power off well
and you loosed program guides and settings which can be an issue in many
Many people run servers of one sort of another so a computer and router
are on 24x7 which is a sizable power draw. Just changing the computer
used as the server to an old laptop can cut the power consumption quite
a bit. A regular desktop machine running as a server (no monitor on)
runs around $15-$20/mo in power while a laptop should be more like
Here ya go. Starting on page 8, it lists how much electricity various home
electrical things use when "off'. Of course these all add up.
Leaking Electricity: Individual Field Measurement of Consumer Electronics...
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