Do you switch off gadgets instead of standby?

28 Jun


Simon do not believe that gadgets that remain plugged in still uses electricity. I do, that is why I switch off at the socket or pull the plug on all gadgets except the electric stove/oven, kettle, microwave and fridge. it seems they do use up electricity but it is too inconvenient to switch them off. I am reminded of this from this telegraph article telling that u can lose £80 a year from these gadgets that are on standby.

A wireless router is the worst offender at £21.90 a year. I have switched mine off when i am not using it, because i can feel the adaptor remains very hot even when i am not online. also i dont want anyone hacking into it even though it is password protected but u never know with these gadgets how easy it is to hack it. so it seems without realising it i have done the right thing. though it did shorten the life of the adaptor as i pulled the plug in and out. now i got a extension with a switch so i dont have to pull the plug out but just switch off. 

I think the fridge is a special case, you have to keep it on, otherwise the freezer will thaw out. Even then, i keep the fridge at minimum coolness. the freeze box has its own temperature that is not subject to regulation which is a good thing as it is not necessary to play about with that temperature. it should be 0C .

But one must weigh the extra cost against convenience and i think most people will accept the cost just so they can leave their gadgets on standby. especially nowadays when wall sockets do not have a switch anymore and so u have to take the plug out. That is really inconvenient and can ruin the socket inlet if u do it too many times. you might even ruin the gadget by taking the plug out and/or putting it into a live socket. Even multi plugs extensions dont have a switch any more. 

in the grand scheme of things most people wont feel the £80 a year loss (its 22p a day) and most would not use all the gadgets anyway and so the actual figure might be a lot less. If you have all those gadgets mentioned you are allready in the top percentage of households with high income i think.

For me, it is just my dislike of waste that prompts me to not leave any gadget on standby. In the long run i suppose it is just to appease my conscience; like when i switch off a dripping tap even though i pay a fixed tariff for water. I dont get irritated by the dripping noise made by the tap, though some might just switch the tap off just for that reason and nothing else. 

I have notice my conscience is quite selective. haha. I am aware of it and take it as being quite human. that is why when i see a person being inconsistent, (for eg complaining of london’s air pollution whilst puffing on a cigarette…) i just laugh and let them carry on with it. we are allowed our inconsistencies I think. 



5 Responses to “Do you switch off gadgets instead of standby?”

  1. ivansblogworld Saturday June 28, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    Very interesting read. We turn off out wireless and unplug. The macs also get unplugged everyday more from habit than anything else. However I am now thinking if it’s worth unplugging more of the stuff we have. Thanks for a great post. Ivan

  2. alifesgayventure Saturday June 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    hi ivan, thanks for the feedback. i see you dont unplug every gadget, it kind of confirms what i suspect that most people dont really unplug everything. sometimes unplugging the gadget removes your preset data, and that means having to reset it anew every time. that can be really too much bother. i am thinking of the digital radio i have. if i unplug it, it loses all the preset stations i have earmarked. i ended up not listening to radio. rather drastic solution but i found i like the quiet rather than have background noise pretending to be music. luckily the new digital tv screen we bought seem to remember its programming so i can unplug it.

  3. Garfield Hug Sunday June 29, 2014 at 6:32 am #

    I don’t unplug too….no wonder my electricity bills are high. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

    • alifesgayventure Sunday June 29, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      hi, i think if u use the aircondition, you will get high electricity bills so unplugging every gadget may not make much of a dent. here in uk it is the heater in winter which cause the high bills but in singapore, it is hot all year round. using the fan might cost less though it might not be cool enough. i wonder whether laptops and any electrical gadget have to overwork its cooling fan a lot to keep it from overheating. we at least have winter where it cools naturally, but in the tropics there is no such cool period. i bet that use up more electricity. i bet a huge cause of gadgets kaput in the tropics from overheating.

      • Garfield Hug Sunday June 29, 2014 at 11:14 am #

        Thanks for the analogy and I agree. I use the aircon a lot & yes electrical stuff kaput a lot faster here like my oven as i use it occasionally & it kaputs very quickly as it is hot & humid.

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