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Do You Unplug Your Appliances When They're Not in Use?

Do You Unplug Your Appliances When They're Not in Use?

Unplugging appliances when you're not using them can save up to 10 percent on your monthly electricity bill. Do you employ this easy energy-saving method?



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ElissaM ElissaM 7 years
It does save money...It takes more thought than time and is totally worth it.
laiah1773 laiah1773 7 years
Most of the time we switch off the outlets. This is more a safety issue for us.
0fashionqueen 0fashionqueen 7 years
I keep my desktop, labtop, tv, and dvd player plugged up, but everything else gets unplugged.
mudnessa mudnessa 7 years
Everything but the stuff that can't/shouldn't be unplugged I do unplug or have on a power strip to easily turn off all the way. My fridge, stove/oven, dishwasher(only because I have not idea where it is plugged into) Tivo, modem, and a digital clock are always plugged in. Most other things are not even in outlets or power strips, just the computers and TV. Everything else has to get plugged in to be used and it's become second nature to unplug them. It is rather easy since we are lacking in accessible outlets. Things with remotes tend to draw a lot of power when "off" because they have to be able to respond to the remote when you press the buttons. Almost everything else that is in an outlet is drawing a tad bit of power, from my understanding.
mudnessa mudnessa 7 years
Everything but the stuff that can't/shouldn't be unplugged I do unplug or have on a power strip to easily turn off all the way. My fridge, stove/oven, dishwasher(only because I have not idea where it is plugged into) Tivo, modem, and a digital clock are always plugged in. Most other things are not even in outlets or power strips, just the computers and TV. Everything else has to get plugged in to be used and it's become second nature to unplug them. It is rather easy since we are lacking in accessible outlets. Things with remotes tend to draw a lot of power when "off" because they have to be able to respond to the remote when you press the buttons. Almost everything else that is in an outlet is drawing a tad bit of power, from my understanding.
emalove emalove 7 years
I unplug my kitchen appliances when they're not in use (toaster, coffee maker), but I don't unplug my TV and all that stuff...I would never remember.
margokhal margokhal 7 years
I don't - or at least only rarely. There's too many appliances with too few outlets that have to be in use constantly around here...and most of the outlets I can't reach without moving heavy furniture. I do actually do this with my computer when it's not charging...everything else is kind of eh. I started putting in LED lightbulbs though, maybe save some energy that way. :)
margokhal margokhal 7 years
I don't - or at least only rarely. There's too many appliances with too few outlets that have to be in use constantly around here...and most of the outlets I can't reach without moving heavy furniture. I do actually do this with my computer when it's not charging...everything else is kind of eh. I started putting in LED lightbulbs though, maybe save some energy that way. :)
chancleta chancleta 7 years
Yes always! I also have strips on all our entertainment stuff so one easy switch cuts the power off. I save TONS of money on electricity this way.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I always do this.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I always do this.
vmruby vmruby 7 years
Yes.... All of my small apliances are stored away in cabinets when they are not in use.
vmruby vmruby 7 years
Yes.... All of my small apliances are stored away in cabinets when they are not in use.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Yes, always. Stuff that gets plugged in behind a cabinet or something can be plugged into a power strip that's easier to reach. The only thing that's always plugged in is my alarm clock!
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
I do always.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
I do always.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 7 years
I don't have the energy to run around my house unplugging everything. Basically everything I use has a random and hidden plug. Plus a lot of my appliances have clocks on them... like my microwave, I refuse to mess up their setting.
Home Home 7 years
That would be false, donnellyaa. Appliances (really anything that plugs into an outlet) draws power whenever they're plugged in, regardless of whether it's fully charged. But, tech equipment with standby capability (TVs, computer monitors) or things with a display (microwaves) often causes <i>more</i> phantom energy loss. Make sure you buy appliances labeled "Energy Star," which use less standby power.
Home Home 7 years
That would be false, donnellyaa. Appliances (really anything that plugs into an outlet) draws power whenever they're plugged in, regardless of whether it's fully charged. But, tech equipment with standby capability (TVs, computer monitors) or things with a display (microwaves) often causes more phantom energy loss. Make sure you buy appliances labeled "Energy Star," which use less standby power.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
donn it is my (limited) understanding that if a plug is in an outlet there is energy going to it. Regardless of any LED lights or whether or not the charger is connected to the phone (for example).
Frenched Frenched 7 years
Not compulsively, but I do try!
donnellyaa donnellyaa 7 years
So is it true or false that something plugged in only uses energy if there are lights/displays on it? For example, does my phone charger use energy when it is plugged in even though it has no LED lights or indicators? Does anyone know?
syako syako 7 years
All of my kitchen appliances stay unplugged (I have this unfounded fear of limbs being maimed by randomly turned on kitchen appliances).It would be too difficult to unplug our entertainment appliances.
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