Stand-by power is the energy used by an electronic appliance when it is plugged in but not being used.
Even though the appliance is turned off, it is still drawing a small amount of power.
EECA (Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority) eeca.govt.nz estimates that in New Zealand, stand-by power accounts for around 5-10% of total household energy use, costing us millions of dollars every year.
If you switched off your:
That's savings of over $250 a year.
Note: these estimates are based on a 24 hour average rate of 35 cents per kilowatt hour.
Other appliances you could turn off at the wall while not in use are; phone and laptop chargers, printers, jugs, toasters and lamps. The more high tech an appliance (think smart devices or ones that can install updates while on standby) are usually the most power hungry on standby.
The life of some appliances maybe compromised if turned off at the wall regularly so please check manufacturer instructions.
Every kilowatt saved results in a lower electricity bill, saving you money and protecting our environment and energy future.