Did you realize that when you turn off certain devices like your television, sound system, game console, desktop computer, laptop and printer they don’t stop consuming electricity? It is unfortunate that many of our favorite electrical appliances are costing us money each and every month because they are still drawing an electrical current even when not in use.
When you shut off many electrical appliances, they actually go into sleep mode. And on many electronics, you can visually confirm they are in sleep mode. For example, when you turn your television off, the color of the LED on the front may change from blue to red (red indicating that the TV is now off). But the fact that the LED is still lit at all indicates that the television is still drawing power.
Truth be told, these devices aren’t drawing a significant amount of wattage. But interestingly enough, some electronics consume as much or nearly as much wattage whether they are running or in sleep mode.
The solution to this problem is simple: use power strips which will help you save money on your electric bill.
For most people, power strips only serve one purpose: to provide extra outlets in areas where you have multiple devices to plug in. But consider this. One of the first tips you always read about on trying to lower your electric bill is to unplug devices when not in use. But let’s be honest, that can be quite a tedious (and annoying) task.
But using power strips can make this process simpler. Rather than unplugging devices, you can simply turn off power strips.
And best of all, any devices plugged into to power strips are completely turned off when the switch is flipped — meaning they do not go into sleep mode!
You may be saying to yourself that this is still a tedious task. If that’s the case, you may want to invest in a “smart” power strip. For example, there are smart wifi-enabled power strips that can be controlled by your voice using devices like the Amazon Alexa. On top of that, just a simple command from your voice can turn off all your power strips at once or you can control them one-by-one.
There are solutions out there to fix the problem of electronics going into sleep mode. It’s up to you to develop an action plan to start saving money today.