Sunday, 20 July 2014

Appliances On Standby

This is worryingly accurate...
I suspect we're like every household and leave electrical products on standby because it's "more convenient."

It seems like every day another article appears in the paper telling us that wages are not keeping up with inflation, or providing lurid details of the obesity epidermic facing the nation. 

All of which seems strange when you consider that the most exercise some people get is hunting the TV remote when its fallen down the back of the settee.

We're a VERY boring retired couple... Despite not having to get up early to go to work we still go to bed around 10:00 each evening.

So...Why is it that for the next 8 or 9 hours the majority of our electrical appliances are sitting there like faithful servants just hoping we'll press a button and they'll burst into life?

Why haven't I gone down to my local hardware store (Wilkinsons, since you've asked) and buy a £5 timer which would turn my wireless router off between the hours of 23:00 and 06:00? 

Well, the main reason is I hadn't realised it costs me approximately £22 to have it turned on 24/7. It's ironic that I'm very interested in how much my solar panels have earned me each month, but not what I could have saved by turning appliances off.

Take a look at the list below and decide if you should be buying timers to save yourself money.

Annual energy usage while on standby
Wireless Router (e.g. BT Hub) - £21.92
Printer (Laser) - £18.26
Set-top (Satellite) - £18.26
Amplifier - £12.18
Compact Hi-Fi - £12.18
iPad charger - £12.18
Nintendo Wii - £12.18
Set-top box (Freeview) - £7.31
Alarm Clock - £6.09
Microsoft Xbox 360 - £6.09
Modem - £6.09
Sony PlayStation 3 - £6.09
Air freshener plug-in - £4.87
CD player / Tuner - £4.87
Television (Plasma) - £4.87
Video Player - £4.87
Inkjet printer - £4.26
Desktop PC - £3.65
Nintendo DS - £3.65
Oven (Electric) - £3.65
Microwave - £3.04
Television (CRT & LCD) - £3.04
Mobile phone charger - £2.44
PC monitor (CRT) - £2.44
Electric toothbrush - £1.22
Childs night light - £0.7

In fairness for the majority of items the savings wouldn't justify the time and expense in altering your lifestyle, but it's certainly worth thinking about.

No more couch potato for me! I'm going to introduce a fitness regime which involves walking around the house turning off appliances.

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