It IS a conspiracy to get us to waste power .... and get US to pay for it...
One definition of standby is the power draw of an appliance in its lowest power mode. For appliances with a power switch, we measure the power draw
while the unit is "off". For appliances without a power switch, such as cordless telephones, answering machines, and battery chargers, power draw is
measured while the units are plugged in, but are not being used by the consumer.
Many small appliances made today continue to draw power, even when they are switched off. Nearly 20 percent of the electricity used by appliances is
lost while they are sitting in the standby mode, waiting to be used.
Some appliances' main function, particularly those involving communications, must be performed at all times. For example, network hubs continuously
transfer data from one part of a computer network to another. In this case, we measure the power draw of the appliance while it is not connected to
the network. This ensures that the unit is in its lowest power mode.
the Following is a table of the electricity leaking from selected electronic consumer appliances, prepared for Science News Online by Jennifer Thorne
and Margaret Suozzo of the Washington, D.C.-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The reported figures present only a portion of the
whole picture--even for just the residential sector.
So what can be done about the “electronic vampires” that are needlessly consuming so much power? Alas, there is little scope for reducing the
inefficiency of existing household appliances, such as microwave ovens—other than switching them off at the mains or unplugging them when not in
use, of course. Modifying them to reduce their power consumption is, in most cases, impractical.
reducing unnecessary power consumption is not just a matter for device-makers and regulators, Consumers can do their bit too, by unplugging
infrequently used devices or switching them off at the mains; looking for energy-efficiency logos and modern, efficient power supplies when buying new
equipment; and unplugging chargers and power supplies when they are not in use. Even these simple measures are better than just standing idly by.
some things i wont do without.. love my PC in stand-by mode,, Waiting for me..
my aquarium may be costing me more to run each month, than our refrigerator!"
hope this educates anyone,, not in the choir...!!
pulling the plug on the powers that ARE
sucking us dry --and we will all BE
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