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Reduce standby consumption

Reduce standby consumption

Learn how to reduce the standby consumption of your appliances and thus increase the energy efficiency of your home. In simple steps we show you how to reduce your energy consumption.

💡 Detect standby consumption

The first step to reducing your standby consumption is to identify which devices in your household are consuming power in standby mode. Often it's the usual suspects like TVs, computers and other electronic devices. But smaller devices like chargers that are constantly plugged in can also consume power. Use an energy cost meter to measure the exact consumption of your devices in standby mode.

🔌 Disconnect devices from the grid

After you've identified which devices are consuming power in standby mode, the next step is to unplug those devices when they're not in use. This is especially easy for devices that you don't use on a daily basis. For example, you can unplug your charger when you're not charging your phone.

📺 Use the power off button

For some devices, such as the TV, it is not practical to disconnect them from the mains all the time. In this case, you should use the power off button instead of just putting the device into standby mode. This way, your TV won't consume power when you're not using it.

🔋 Invest in energy efficient appliances

Another effective way to reduce standby consumption is to invest in energy efficient appliances. These appliances consume less power when operating and in standby mode. When buying new appliances, look for the energy efficiency label and choose appliances with the best energy efficiency rating.

🔄 Use power strips with switches

A simple and inexpensive way to reduce standby consumption is to use power strips with switches. With one click, you can disconnect multiple devices from the mains at the same time. This is especially convenient for devices you share, such as computers, monitors and printers.

⏲️ Use timers

Timers are another effective way to reduce standby consumption. You can program them to disconnect your devices from the mains at certain times. This is especially useful for devices that you use at fixed times, such as the coffee maker in the morning.

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