When you arent home or not using something do you unplug things?

@saundyl (9789)
Canada
April 9, 2008 11:19am CST
I know recently to save power as i read items still use power even when they aren't in use/on I've been unplugging things. I unplug the microwave, toaster, any chargers, my tv and DVD player, any lamps for rooms i don't use often, my coffee maker and my kettle. I leave the dryer, washer, fridge, stove and computer all plugged in. (as well as my router printer and speakers) A couple often used lamps and my alarm clock. I tried unplugging my satellite receiver but then i kept having to reset all the favourites for channels i get and never got program information. Does anyone else unplug things after use like that or am i the only one. If you do...what items do you leave plugged in?
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@sedel1027 (17850)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I think about doing it, does that count LOL There are certain things like cell phone charges, speakers, toaster, that do get unplugged immediately after use. Most of our stuff is on surge protectors, but I can't just flip those off because one or two things on each strip has to stay on (fish tank filters, cat fountain). I would love to unplug my microwave, but the plug is behind the microwave and not easily accessed.
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@elisa812 (3031)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I don't really do that, but I guess I probably should. There are some things I wouldn't really want to unplug, like the DVD and microwave since they have clocks on them and I wouldn't want to have to reset them all the time. I should start unplugging some things though more often.
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@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
16 Apr 08
I honestly have never taken the time to set the clocks on the DVD player or Microwave. I have a wall clock i look at all the time.
• United States
11 Apr 08
If at all I will shut off the entire circuit breaker. It shuts down the entire house. The fridge is good and safe for up to 24 hours even more. I use to go around plugging out all these things. Not any longer. I was told by someone in Miami to do this. If I were sitting outside my house with the neighbors. You would see total darkness. from both of our homes. When I first started doing this. I saved $30.00 that month.
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@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
11 Apr 08
thats a pretty good savings.
• United States
10 Apr 08
I keep a lot of things unplugged and only plug them in when I'm using them. However, the microwave and toaster and what not usually stays plugged in. Just easier and it gets annoying forgetting and having to plug it back in all the time. I keep the big energy suckers unplugged when possible though.
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@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
10 Apr 08
I have an old deep freeze that i unplugged last year in november. Just unplugging it dropped my power usage alot. I had a 320 dollar credit that i didnt have to pay my bill for several months. Ive never plugged it back in.
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
9 Apr 08
i do not unplug all the things. It gets to the point of ridiculous, sort of having it all dark in the house, and tripping over furniture because you want to save electricity. I really should unplug the toaster, because it is right below my cupboard and sometimes I put the measuring cups away half damp, and I do not plug in my radio and my kettle unless using it. However the essentials and that includes the microwave, Tv, DVD player, washer, dryer, computer, and printer, I leave in. You really should leave the satellite receiver on because, as you learned, if you unplug it, it messes up the programs. The thing with the toaster is that when I unplug it, I forget I did and wonder why the bread will not go down. So there are disadvantages in being savers.
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@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
10 Apr 08
I've done that...put the toast in come back a few min later and wonder why its not toasted.
@cher913 (25859)
• Canada
9 Apr 08
nmo, i dont do that actually, but i dont leave things such as my coffee maker plugged(as we dont drink it that often) i am a fanatic about lights however and am ALWAYS turning them off much to the annoyance of my family!
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@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
9 Apr 08
I turn off lights as soon as i leave the room. (sometimes i've accidentally turned them off with someone sitting there!)
@Hatley (164170)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Apr 08
the only things that I turn off are my computer and my new monitor but I do not unplug them as its just too much trouble also I turn off. . all lights i am not using when I leave. I do not think that most things use that much power and to unplug my new microwave is a bitcy and for me specially as I have one bad arm.
@megumiart (3777)
• United States
11 Apr 08
I worry about recyling and saving energy a lot, but I don't usually unplug a lot of my stuff. I unplug my laptop whenever it's not being used, and turn off the cable box when the TV is not being watched, and I keep chargers unplugged when they aren't being used. :]
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@beaniecat (329)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Right after reading your post, I took a stroll around the house to see what I should turn off. I shut off the kitchen light, the back porch iight, a TV, a DVD player, two computers and a printer. Before I could finish writing this, the kitchen light was already back on. Sigh...I may not have saved any electricity, but at least I burned a few calories.
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