The Truth About Standby

Family watching T.VWe’re not sure if this is a little known fact or a much ignored fact, but did you know that your appliances still use 20% of the electricity when they are on standby, i.e. they are switched off but still plugged in?

So what does this mean? Well if you have a 32 inch LCD TV on standby for 16 hours a day it will cost you 68c per month or €8.22 per year.

We did a quick recky on what a typical household could save in electricity per month if they plugged out their entertainment appliances instead of just switching them off and here’s what we found...

  • 32 inch TV - €0.68
  • 15 inch flat screen - €.032
  • DVD recorder - €0.42
  • Stereo - €1.10
  • Desktop computer with 17 inch screen - €1.36

So a typical household could save a total of €3.88 per month or €46.56 per year by just plugging out their appliances each night.

So what’s the solution?


We all know that the last thing you want to do is go around unplugging all the appliances every night, so a simple way to do this would be to plug them all into multi socket adapter and that way you will only have to unplug one plug.

Appliance remote and sockets                                                     or

Or if, like some of us, you like the easy life, there a handy remote control device that switches it off for you (handy if you don’t want to reach behind the TV). So basically you plug the appliances into the adapters and you can switch them all off from one remote.

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