Many appliances and electronic equipment use electricity even when turned off. An estimated 6% of average household electric use 43 billion kilowatt-hours per year in the United States.
Some standby power is useful:
- Lets equipment receive remote control signals
- Allows scheduled TV program recording
- Cell phone and other battery chargers plugged in when not in use.
- Computers and laptops left on standby instead of shutting down.
- Seldom used computer printers or other peripherals left on 24/7.
- Home entertainment systems not in use until you watch TV.
- Kitchen appliances such as toasters, coffee makers, can openers, etc.
- Unplug equipment when not in use.
- Use a switched power strip to turn off several pieces at once.
- Use timers to turn certain things on earlier if needed.