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5 Electronics To Unplug Immediately

Posted on Wednesday, January 14 2015

It’s a new year! A time for resolutions—from weight loss to quitting nasty habits. But what about getting that budget in check?

Thanks to CFL bulbs, energy-saving appliances, and DIY projects to help make your home more environmentally sound, saving money on your electric bill is now easier than ever. But it’s time to take a close look at your electronics. A really close look. Are they plugged in? Do you leave them plugged in all day? Now’s the time to stop! Unplugging items around your home when not in use could save you up to $300 per year!

Instead of leaving your TV, DVD player, cell phone charger, etc. plugged in all day long, try investing in a power strip you can turn off when you leave home or when your electronics aren’t in use. This will quickly and easily let you turn off all of the top energy-gulping appliances in one quick click, ultimately saving you big in the long run.

Here is a list of what is most commonly left on around your home:


A TV on standby mode burns about 10 watts, burning 100 watts per hour while left turned on.


Your PC can burn about 15 watts when on in standby mode and 130 when left on. Your monitor alone burns 11 in standby and 70 when in use.

DVD Player

Using your DVD player as a clock will burn 7 watts. It uses approximately 12 watts while in use.

Phone Charger

Leaving your phone charger plugged in all day can cost you about one watt an hour, using 5 while you charge your phone.


Your modem uses 14 watts per hour whether or not you’re actually using it!

Questions? Feel free to ask.

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