How Flicking the Switch on Standby Mode Could Save on
Average 4% Off Your Electricity Bill
Standby power is the energy drawn down by an appliance when it is not in use or is off. Standby mode enables a device like your television to standby until you need it. Standby mode uses energy and is equivalent to approximately $100 a year on your household electricity bill!
Simple tips to manage your standby power in your home:
1. Purchase high star rating appliances with lower standby power and running costs
2. Switch off your appliances at the wall where you can
3. Install a standby power controller to enable easier switch off for other devices.
The following appliances drain the most power in standby mode:
Table 1: Appliances draining the most standby power in your home. Source:
Whilst these costs may look small, over time they add up. It’s worth looking around your home and flicking the switch to avoid these hidden energy-draining costs.
Commonwealth of Australia. (2013). ‘Appliances.’ Available at: https://www.yourhome.gov.au/energy/appliances (Accessed 06 April 2021).
Origin Energy Limited. (2018). ‘Standby power – the vampire in your home.’ Available at: https://www.originenergy.com.au/blog/understanding-standby-power/ (Accessed: 06 April 2021).