Understanding Standby Power and What It Means for Your Energy Bill

Understanding Standby Power and What It Means for Your Energy Bill
25 June 2021
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:
https://www.originenergy.com.au/blog/understanding-standby-power/ 

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.  

References:
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).

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