Many electrical devices continue to consume electricity when they are turned off, but left plugged in. This can account for as much as 20% of monthly electricity bills.
Why do devices leak energy?
Every device that remains plugged into a power socket is pulling electricity out. While many of these devices have sleep or standby modes, they still continuously use energy to perform updates, connect to remote servers and record data.
The connectivity of modern technology is one reason devices continue to leak energy. For example, even when a television is off, it is still ready to receive a signal from the remote to power on at any time.
Factors to consider
For some devices, the on and off electricity loads are almost identical. By leaving remote ready devices in standby mode, electricity bills can be doubled. To prevent this, it is best to switch the device all the way off.
Common office and site appliances that leak electricity include; cell phones, laptops, printers, scanners, TV’s and desktop monitors.
There are measures that can be taken to reduce waste of electricity. Firstly, turning off all appliances and equipment at the wall socket at the end of the day. Secondly, ensure rechargeable devices are not on charge continually.