Take a look around your house. Is every outlet being used or almost? In the kitchen, you have a coffee maker, microwave, the fridge, a TV. In your bedroom, an alarm clock, phone charger, another TV.
Did you know that those gadgets the ones that are always plugged in are always adding to your electric bill? It’s called phantom power use: Even when not turned on, these devices are using power just by being plugged in.
It’s estimated that households on average have 40 appliances that are always using power, contributing to 10% of household energy consumption. That adds up to about $100 a year.
1. KitchenSmall kitchen devices can be a big culprit in your energy bill. That toaster you leave plugged in a while, not in use can surely be unplugged. Coffee makers, food processors, and even microwaves are also big consumers. That digital clock on your microwave in always using energy. So if you don't need that clock in the kitchen, go ahead and unplug it.
We’re probably all guilty of leaving our chargers plugged in. From our phones and laptops to cordless phones and electric toothbrushes, those chargers are adding to your electric bill every minute they’re not actually charging. So once your device is at 100%, unplug it.
One of the worst offenders of wasting power is your entertainment system. Think of all those little LED lights blinking at you from the TV, cable box, and maybe even your stereo system. These are all wasting energy. While unplugging all your devices each time you’ve finished your favorite show just to plug them all in again and wait for them to reboot may not be very practical, unplugging them all when you leave for vacation is a smart idea.
Besides your refrigerator, this is a device you should leave plugged in.
1. Power strips
One gadget you can leave plugged in and should probably have more of are smart power strips. Let’s say you connect your computer, printer, scanner, etc., into the power strip. If you flip the switch on the power strip, power will be cut off to all your devices. But that also prevents phantom power usage