Have you ever needed an outlet, looked around your house and saw that all of them are already in use? Or have you wondered if you could save money from unplugging appliances and would it really be worth it? Our living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens are loaded with the latest tech gadgets and appliances to help make our lives easier, but at what cost? We’ll break down what items you should pull the plug on and what items you’ll want to keep plugged in.
Coffee makers, phone chargers and everyday household items use something that we call vampire power or phantom power. Even if they’re turned off or are not in use, these devices are still using power just by being plugged in to a power outlet. Ever wonder how much power our gadgets consume when we aren’t even using them?
It’s estimated that households on average have 40 appliances that are constantly using power, contributing to 10% of household energy use. That adds up to about $100 a year [source: Trulia].
Beyond setting the A/C a few degrees warmer, we can all do ourselves a favor by unplugging the devices that we don’t use all the time. Here’s a list of items that you should definitely unplug, and the ones that you can afford to leave plugged in.
Keep these plugged in:
Overall, taking the steps to cut back on phantom power users won’t leave you noticeably richer each month, but it’s an easy way to cut back on your monthly electric bill by 5-10%. Additionally, if you can convince your family and friends to do the same, the positive impacts could be widespread. Free up those outlets and only charge yourself for the power that you’re truly using.