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5.0 out of 5 stars Very simple to use, 15 Mar. 2011
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We bought this because with 4 teenagers in the house, our energy bill was spiralling out of control. We wanted to get everyone involved in trying to reduce costs and thought that this might help. Well it most certainly does! Took only 10 minutes or so to set up and could instantly see the cost of what was on in the house. We left it running for a week and carried on as usual, noticing when the monitor was particularly high (electric shower, double oven, tumble dryer). We then went around the house switching off all the TVs on standby, lights in unoccupied rooms, computers not being used etc to get the baseline cost as low as possible. As we switched things back on we watched the monitor to see which appliances made the cost jump. We've been able to work out the cost of leaving lights on or a computer all day when no-one is even in the house. After the second week we downloaded the data to the PC and bingo second week's cost was quite a bit less than the first! All the kids have been suggesting ways of reducing costs so it's been really helpful.
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Initial post: 25 Aug 2013 20:43:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Aug 2013 20:49:02 BDT
If you have old non energy star compliant TV's you will notice quite a saving switching them off. Anybody with a very modern Energy Star compliant TV won't notice a jot of difference though because on Standby many if not all, draw less than 1W! These monitors are nowhere near accurate enough to register such a minute change and frankly 1W is not worth worrying about anyway as it represents 1/1000th of 1 KWH or around 0.00012 pence if your electricity is priced at 12P per KWH, or about £1.00 a year.

I mention this because the idea that significant savings can be achieved by turning TV's out of standby is becoming a complete red herring where modern TVs are concerned.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2014 10:41:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Mar 2014 10:41:27 GMT
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Many AV components now use only 0.1w in standby, too, even less. The big exception is the grossly inefficient YouView box: if you don't want to wait 3 minutes for it to come out of standby, it has a low-eco standby at over 10w!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2014 14:21:08 BDT
Thank you for confirming my own findings. I used a power measuring device from Maplin to check my TVs etc. in standby and found none of them were using much power. Even mobile phone chargers were not using power unless they were actually charging something (which makes sense if one considers the laws of physics re conservation of energy).
The biggest chronic low power user in my house now are the broadband cable modem and router which I feel obliged to leave on permanently as resetting them often can mess up the smart TV and wireless printer settings.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2014 13:59:54 GMT
J. G. Roland says:
Irrespective of costs of leaving anything on standby, by so doing you do leave yourself open to the hazard of fire!

No matter how little power is used, it is still a fully functioning mains electric circuit with all inherent issues attached. There are many recorded instances of this, particularly with TV sets.

Better safe than sorry.....NEVER leave ANYTHING on standby.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2014 14:05:10 GMT
 says:
Indeed, because of the great risks involved, I always make a point of turning off my electricity at the mains when not using it. One cannot be too careful!
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