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Standby – the famous phantom energy consumption

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Each month you are faced with the bill for the various expenses arising from the use of house. And electricity consumption also increases the real cost of these expenses as a consequence of the standby effect. This is what happens when you leave a device plugged in for many hours even though you are not using it.

The clearest case is that of the television. Turning this on and off using the remote control is much more convenient because you don't have to get up to turn on the switch.

However, from the economic and also the ecological point of view, it is very important to prioritise both energy saving and responsible consumption. When you charge your mobile phone for more hours than is necessary, you are also increasing the phantom consumption, that silent consumption that only shows up when you receive the bills.

What are the consequences of standby? In quantitative terms, it is worth remembering that an average of between 7 and 11% of the total cost of electricity for a house is phantom consumption, which unnecessarily hurts your pocket. In other words, it is a pointless expense that does not contribute anything.

Tips for reducing standby consumption

How can you adopt new habits to prevent this waste of energy? You can install timers, so that appliances switch off at certain times and switch on again at others; for example, when the working day is over and you come home after a long day at work. This allows you to have better control of consumption, prioritising your real needs.

Another option is to use multi-socket adaptors with off switches, as this helps you not to have the appliances switched on for longer than you really need. Despite the effect this consumption has in terms of increasing expenditure, there is still a tendency to underestimate this impact, regarding it is a myth. But don't be conditioned by this belief, because the reality is that your pocket is suffering the consequences of standby. You will find it very easy to control the level of spending because the multi-socket adaptor has a small light that visually reminds you when you should turn it off. These adaptors are very useful for bringing together devices that are connected by the proximity of their locations, such as the television and DVD in the living room.

A very useful tip to save money in an everyday activity as common as charging the mobile phone is to charge it in the room where you are at that particular moment, carrying out some task or other. For example, if you are reading the newspaper in the living room, connect the charger to a socket in that room. What usually happens when you put it in another room, such as the bedroom, is that you focus on your daily activities and forget that the mobile is charging, since the device is outside your field of vision. In this way, the charging continues unnecessarily for hours.

It is also advisable to turn off the phone at night to prolong the life of your phone.

Another useful tip for saving energy in the use of computers is to go more often to work in the local library with your laptop, since most of these centres offer a service that perfectly meets the needs of an office. Thanks to the Wi-Fi connection, you can enjoy the convenience of carrying out your usual tasks with your laptop, benefiting from a public service.

Another invisible consumption in the kitchen is the oven clock and the microwave. The most practical way to save money on phantom consumption is to directly unplug those appliances that you are not going to use. It is the most practical, useful and realistic way to increase savings. For example, it could be that you don't use the stereo every day. Turn it off and turn it on each time you need to, according to the use you are making of the equipment.

Carrying out these simple actions you will gain an individual benefit that in no way affects the comfort of your lifestyle at home. In other words, when you have internalised the value of responsible consumption, you will develop habits that will become second nature. And then it will be difficult for you to do the opposite. Most household appliances have a temporary function, and you don't need to use them all the time.

The clearest example is that of a vacuum cleaner, which you use according to your needs. If you don't have the vacuum cleaner permanently switched on in the house, and you also use a broom to do the cleaning, think about how you can also make more responsible use of the other appliances in your home.

Another simple action is to turn off the wireless network device whenever you are not using it; and not only at night, but also during the day. The devices in standby mode do not consume residual energy, but rather their consumption directly affects the electricity bill, especially because in today's homes there are a large number of appliances.

Similarly, if you have a desktop computer, remember that it is more economical to use a laptop. If in the coming months you have to replace one of your household appliances, buy a more efficient one. Check the label.

It is important that you are aware that it is not the same having the TV switched off as having it on standby. This subtle difference has a big impact on electricity consumption.

Another habit that increases the level of spending when it comes to using the microwave is leaving the door open on a permanent basis.

These simple actions are fundamental for saving electricity in relation to the consumption of household appliances. When you put them into practice, you are not just watching your budget by reducing electricity consumption, you are also caring for the natural environment, bearing in mind that resources are limited.

And some final tips: when your children use the video game console, make sure it is not on standby when they stop using it. Similarly, turn on the printer only when you need to use it.