Unplugged appliances

@stuckonu (726)
Philippines
November 20, 2011 8:48pm CST
Is it true that even when you turned off your appliances but didn't unplug them from the power supply, it is still consuming power? We have a very huge electric bill for the past few months and to think that we don't have much appliances, the electric bill was just so ridiculous. The only problem that I can think of are those unplugged appliances. Can someone enlighten me please. Thanks in advance!
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12 responses
• United States
4 Jan 12
I know things like chargers, clocks, or any indicator lights on it are constantly drawing electricity. There's alot you can do but most of us do not take the time to bother unplugging our coffee pot or shut down our computers after every use... ect. Take a walk thru your home and look at everything and see what you can unplug or turn off. Trust me I'm always on someone in the house for turning on a light and walking out of a room ect.
@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
23 Dec 11
Hi! I read somewhere that if we unplug all our electrical appliances when not in use, we can save up to 15% of energy. So that being said, I guess they really still do consume energy when they are plugged but not being used.
@whatrow (793)
• United States
21 Nov 11
I have heard a lot about this, so I tried unplugging my tv overnight and my microwave after dinner. There was a significant decrease in the next month's bill.
• United States
21 Nov 11
I use to wonder the same thing, and I've heard mixed things about whether you should unplug all appliances when not using them. Our electric bill is mostly always higher than we think it should be, but we haven't tried to unplug everything while not in use. I guess it's just by habit, we don't think, just react. Now that you mentioned it, we're gonna try that for the first time and see if it'll be a difference -- of course I'm sure it will be a difference. I did know that electronics that have clocks and lights on it pulled power; at least I heard of it and made sense. Would that mean unplugging the stove too?? It doesn't have a light or clock on it. I guess, I'll try that too.
@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
21 Nov 11
Yeah,electric is really quite expensive today.I think in someways,unplugged appliances can consume a bit electricity.We should unplug them to make sure and also avoid accident like electrical failures that may cause fire.
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
21 Nov 11
Yes this is true. So you better unplug everything!
@smacksman (6074)
21 Nov 11
It really depends on two things. 1. If your socket on the wall has a switch or not. If you switch off at the socket it is the same as pulling the plug out. If you can spare the time to keep pulling the plug out and putting it back again then it is safer to pull the plug out. This because you then are safe from lightning strikes. The huge power of lightning can bridge the contacts of a switch even when turned off and fry the appliance. If you switch off at the socket or pull the plug out it is impossible for the appliance to use electricity. 2. If your appliance has an on/off switch but it also has heaters/neon lights/timers/standby mode/etc. If you switch off the appliance it will still use a tiny amount of electricity. An exception to this rule is a television which can use about the equivalent of a light bulb when switched off in standby mode. Flat screen digital TV's use a lot less power than cathode ray tube TV's If you switch off at the socket or pull the plug out it is impossible for the appliance to use electricity, same as above.
@SIMPLYD (78759)
• Philippines
21 Nov 11
Yes, it is said that appliances when not in use but is plugged, still consumes at least 25% of electricity. My husband and i have this habit that whoever, leaves the bedroom last, to report to work, would have to unplugged all the appliances in our bedroom. In addition to saving electricity, at least we are assured that if it will have lightning, our appliances will not be damaged by it if ever.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
21 Nov 11
Yes it is true that it is still consumes electricity even if you turned off your appliances. This is the cause of having big bill payments for electric. That is why it is being advised to not just turned off the appliance or any devices but also to unplug them. It also prevents us from the possible fire. We all have to be aware of this in order for us to lessen our monthly electric bill.
@evitz711 (66)
• Philippines
21 Nov 11
Hi friend, I was alone at my home and my bill was at Php 800 before. I also do nu unplugged my appliances everytime im out. A friend told me to unplugged it for security purpose and to avoid any hazard that might happen. A month of doing it, my bill was down to Php 500... Now, it includes to my everyday routine. unplugged all unnecessary appliances. We must conserve energy to save. Up to date, my billing now was only Php 250. Great!!!!!!
• Philippines
21 Nov 11
Yes, even me I received a huge electric bill this month and I cannot understand how they able to put that huge amount on my bill and everyone is experiencing the same. It is hard to pay electric bill if you are just an employee that earns regular salary. About unplugging, we never do that. I do not know if this is the right thing but we unplug all the appliances when we are not using it because we think that the electricity will crawl and it will stand as we are stil using it. We did it before and it lessens our electricity bill. My advice if there is a power interruption, and or blackout happens, unplug all of the appliances and when the electricity resume wait a minute to plug the electric fans, aircons, or television or stereos because the electricity enters big time on the appliances, maybe the reason of huge bills.
• United States
21 Nov 11
If the item has a clock or light it will pull current from the wall. It if does not and you turn it off it will not pull current. I called the light company plus in the shelter we were given a class to lower our bills.