Tips And Hacks To Reduce Energy Consumption From Electronic Devices

Smartphone and an electronic device plugged into an electric charging strip and consuming phantom energy.

Tips And Hacks To Reduce Energy Consumption From Electronic Devices

What would we do without our portable electronic devices? Cell phones, laptops, tablets, and mega-chargers make our lives easier in countless ways, but the energy consumption from these devices can really add up. Although the cost of charging a single smartphone is relatively negligible, most households charge multiple devices at the same time and that can really impact your electric bill. Here are some tips for how to reduce energy consumption from electronic devices.

Beware Of Phantom Energy

Phantom energy (also known as vampire power or idle current) is energy that is consumed by devices and appliances in your home while you are unaware that it’s being consumed. Portable electronic devices are notorious for using phantom energy. Chargers for things like power tools, laptops, cameras and cell phones will suck power from the grid if left plugged in even after they are fully charged. Whenever tablets, TVs, laptops, video game consoles and DVD players are left plugged in and not in use, they are using low levels of electricity too. Phantom energy isn’t trivial, it often accounts for an estimated 10 percent of household energy consumption.

Charge During Off-Peak Times

It’s a little known fact that many electric utilities have off-peak pricing during certain times of the day or night when demand is lower. Choosing to charge your devices during off-peak times can help you make up some of the extra electricity costs from phantom energy. Taking advantage of locations outside of your home that offer free charging, such as a coffeeshop, your office or an airport if you’re traveling will also help you save money on your electric bill.

Don’t Use Standby Mode

Devices like tablets and laptops usually have a built-in standby mode. Standby mode offers convenience to the user by enabling them to shut off their device without having to fully restart and reboot when they are ready to turn it back on again. Standby mode doesn’t actually reduce energy consumption, because the device actually remains fully powered. If you’re interested in reducing electricity costs, opt to completely shut down and unplug your device when it’s not in use.

Consider Gadgets That Will Conserve Electricity

There are some pretty useful gadgets that can help you control how much phantom energy is consumed in your household. For example, some charging stations allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time, but automatically shut off when the devices are fully charged. Investing in a smart power strip can also help you charge multiple appliances while eliminating the phantom power absorbed by those appliances.

Explore Other Ways To Save On Electricity

One of the easiest things that you can do to conserve energy from electronic devices is to do a walk-through of your home once a day and unplug any gadgets, appliances or devices that are not in use. If your home is like most, you’ll be amazed at the number of unused items like chargers, old appliances and unused gadgets you’ll find plugged in at any given time. Another way to lower your electric bill is to reduce your electricity rate. Find out how PointClickSwitch can help you select and switch to a utility with a lower rate.

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Sources:

LifeHacker

https://lifehacker.com/5948075/how-much-energy-a-smartphone-uses-in-a-year-and-what-it-means-for-your-budget

HowStuffWorks

https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/everyday-tech/penny-pinching-save-energy-by.htm

Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trulia/2014/04/11/5-energy-saving-gadgets-that-are-totally-worth-it/#3911d3732e2f

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