When an appliances is turned off, it really is off???

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@agihcam (1915)
Philippines
July 15, 2008 6:52pm CST
A shocking large number of appliances are not fully powered off until they are are literally unplugged. From their power source. Most appliances are like "vampires" that continue to suck electricity from wall sockets even after you switch them off. So, always unplug the device from the outlet when not is use or not needed.
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I've heard this lots. The one thing we have that we can't or won't turn off is our television. We have DirecTV and every time you turn it off and turn it back on, it has to 'power up'. I get tired of seeing that come on, even when it does it automatically sometimes. We also have a refrigerator and freezer we would never turn off. But the one thing that runs our electricity up is the air conditioner which we can't do without in the summer time. This summer it will go up because our two grandsons have been staying with us lots and they run in and out the door and air condition the yard. Our electric bill hasn't been all that high this summer, but we will see what happens with this one. It is about time for it to come in.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
21 Jul 08
Thanks for the BR. We got our power bill and it wasn't up hardly any, and we are surprised. My husband was afraid to open it, thinking it would be really high. My daughter has had her AC set at 84 (they don't have trees near the house either) and her power bill only came down $30 this month. I am getting selective on lights and turning them off when I remember. But the AC I suppose is what is really keeping our bill up. But we do have an all-electric home, other than gas logs in our fire place.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
21 Jul 08
Thanks for the BR. We got our power bill and it wasn't up hardly any, and we are surprised. My husband was afraid to open it, thinking it would be really high. My daughter has had her AC set at 84 (they don't have trees near the house either) and her power bill only came down $30 this month. I am getting selective on lights and turning them off when I remember. But the AC I suppose is what is really keeping our bill up. But we do have an all-electric home, other than gas logs in our fire place.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Yes, I have heard that too. An alternative to unplugging them would be to use a power strip and always turn off the strip when you want to cut power. That helps with computers too.
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@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
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Yeah. That's good If you have a nice layout of the panel board at home, outlets are separated from lights and aircon, and kitchen, etc. then you can use it to cut off the power from the outlets, so you can save time unplugging all of the appliances by switching off the circuit breaker.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
16 Jul 08
True, but being electronically challenged, I'd end up knocking out power to even the clocks. Or set the house on fire. lol Let's keep it simple for us old folks.
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• United States
17 Jul 08
Someone mentioned this to me when I told them that we shut down our computers and stuff when we go away for the weekend (otherwise we leave them on when we're home). Even the microwave and stuff should be unplugged if you're going on an extended leave/vacation. TVs, VCRs...anything that has a built in clock or one of those little red dots to signify where the power button is...all those have to be powered somehow, even when they are turned off. Great food for though.
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@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
Safe - We need to be safe all the time.
Yeah. We need to that way. Also, it is safe when we don't have appliances plugged at home when we go out from home for week or days.
• India
16 Jul 08
hey i did not know about that thanks for telling me iwill keep that in my mind but please can u tell me the names of the appliances so i can be better equiped with the perfect knowledge on decreasing my electricity bills .my electricity bills are so damn high that they are just givijng me shocks per month just name the appliances and i will just remove their plugs from my house my bills are rising very month. on eday i will get a heart attack from them or one day they will be so high that i wont be able to pay them. i think i have to increase my income or take loans from a bank please help pmeeee
@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
You can see it easily. TV sets, rice cooker, stereo, and many more. The easiest way is to unplug all of those appliances that were not in use.
• United States
16 Jul 08
When I was single, and lived alone, I unplugged everything at the end of the day. Except of course for the digital clock, or other necessary pieces of equipment. That actually save me about 25 dollars per month, and since I used little lights anyway my bill was real low. Now that I am married with children, it is impossible to unplug everything, trust me I have tried. We do unplug things though, like the coffee pot, toaster, or other electronics that are not used all the time, including the cell phone. I tell my husband all the time if your cell is not attached to the cord, please unplug it.
@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
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I know. But you can do an alternative, so instead of unplugging them all, you can use the circuit breaker if you have a good layout in your home. That way, all you have to do is to switch the circuit breaker intended for the outlets only. We usually do this especially when are going out for the whole day and nobody left at the house. So the only running appliances at our home is the refrigerator.
@snowy22315 (79842)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I think I have heard this before. I have a coffee pot that has a clock in it. I have heard those use an inordinate amount of power so I have started unplugging that at night. I have not been too unhappy with my power bills so far but there is always room for improvement. I am going to try to remember to conserve at all times.
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@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Save money - Save money in your piggy bank.
Exactly, sometimes we are complaining with our government for the high electricity bills, but we are the one creating it and not the government. So, for this simple saving tip, it is good to follow and tried since it did not cost us even a single dime.
@valeria1 (2723)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Wow! That is a good tip, I did not know that. I will start to do that today. Thank you very much!
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@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
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Yeah. Many of us did not notice that. I observed that with my component, there is a wake up function in there that it will turn the power on and will play based on the time you have set it up. But it will only work if it is plugged from the wall outlet ( of course ), that means, it continuously sucking electricity from the outlet, the same thing with tv and other appliances.
@saintcj (11)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
yes, unplug and if you'll go to far places, always turn off the main switch to consume nothing at all. think how much you saved?
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@dhangski (3194)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Hi agihcam. I never knew about this before. We used to just turn off our appliances and not unplugged it. But when my father opened up an Appliance service center 11 years ago. We were told by his technicians there that it is not enough to just turn it off but you have to really unplug it. The power from the socket is still running even if we turn off the appliance. So since then, we practice to unplug any appliances when not in use. Happy postings! HUGz!
@elmiko (6637)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I already knew this but have not known it for too long. Thats good you brought it up to people though. I now unplug things more often.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
16 Jul 08
That is a very good idea. I heard that we burn electricity just by having things plugged into a wall outlet whether they are being used, turned on or not. I try to unplug things in my house when they are not being used to save on the electric bill.
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I had heard that before but don't usually unplug my appliances. I probably should since our utilities are going to take a big leap! Thanks for the reminder!
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