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Electronics on standby

Stop the drip...

Standby is a bit like a constantly dripping tap. A drip might not look like much, but when it’s going 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it soon adds up to a lot.

And it’s not just one dripping tap – most houses now have many electronic things that are plugged in but not actually off at the wall.

Thing such us:
  • TV
  • Set-top box
  • DVD player
  • Hi-fi
  • Modem
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Digital radio
  • Phone charger
  • Battery chargers
  • Microwave
  • Oven(with clock)

Here’s how to save:

  • Just switch things off at the wall when they’re not in use.
  • If you have several things to switch off together (eg TV and DVD), put them in a multi-plug so you can easily turn them all off at the same time.

Finally, go round the house checking in every room what other things you have on standby. They are everywhere – and every one is a savings opportunity!

It might look like it’s off, but…

A lot of electronics have a standby mode. This means the device is actually still using power.


  • Switch off TV equipment at the wall when finished
  • Switch off modem & computer equipment at night
  • Switch off microwave at wall
  • Check round every night for things to switch off