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The typical Aussie home has about 30 devices that constantly draw standby power, accounting for around 10% of a home’s energy bill. So what are they?

It’s no surprise that the worst offenders are devices like computers, gaming consoles and TVs. But other appliances like air conditioners, coffee machines, small heaters and microwaves can also suck a significant amount of energy when they’re not in use. These appliances are often tucked away or wired in and it isn’t always practical to turn them off, you may forget or the switch might be in a difficult to reach place.

While smaller devices don’t use much energy – it can all add up.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s drawing standby power in your home:

Standby Power Infographic

Tips for reducing your Standby Power costs:

  1. When shopping for your next appliance, look for the one with the lowest standby energy score in our test results. Alternatively, standby power consumption is sometimes included in product specs. Look for those with very low amounts, ideally one watt or less.
  2. If you can feel heat coming from your laptop power pack, even when the appliance isn’t attached, it’s drawing enough energy to cost you money.
  3. When choosing an appliance that shouldn’t be turned off, such as a fridge, look for one that combines the lowest running cost and best performance to improve your savings even further.
  4. Don’t forget that the appliance’s overall energy efficiency is still the most important factor. Low standby power use is irrelevant if the appliance is an energy hog when in use!
  5. Remember to turn off your appliances at the wall where possible. Or, save yourself the time and effort, and get carbonTRACK. carbonTRACK lets you control Smart Plugs from your phone. You’ll be able to turn off all your connected appliances at the touch of a button.

With carbonTRACK Smart Plugs so you can remotely turn connected appliances on or off, set timers, and monitor how much electricity they use. Find out more here.


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