How to reduce your Always On load

The average Sense home is constantly using about 251W of Always On power. If you’re lower than that, you’re already off to a good start. But everyone can benefit from cutting their Always On load.

Did you know every 1 watt of Always On costs you about $1.05 every year? That may not sound like a lot, but those dollars quickly add up. Depending on your billing rate, yours may cost even more.

Tips for reducing your Always On load:

01

Unplug things that are not used often, like a printer.

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02

Put your Always On devices on a power strip — or even better — a smart plug (Sense integrates with some!). Manually turn them off when not in use, or if your plugs have smarts, you can schedule them to turn off during times you know you won’t need them. Some power strips can even be set to turn off automatically based on the status of a single device, like a TV. 

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03

Many devices, like computers and game consoles, offer power-saving functionality. Put those features to use when possible.

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In some cases, the best way to reduce your load is to upgrade to a more energy-efficient model. Do you have an old TV or computer monitor? They could be costing you.

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Note that your Always On bubble represents an average over the past couple days and will not immediately adjust as you make the above changes. The best way to track immediate savings is via the Power Meter. 

What are your Always On offenders?

Here are some common Always On devices. Do you have any of these in your home?

  • Hot water recirculation pump: 85W or $88
  • Radon fan: 75W or $79
  • Digital cable/DVR set-top box: 44W or $46
  • Video game console: 23W or $24
  • Desktop computer: 21W or $22
  • Laptop computer: 16W or $17
  • Subwoofer: 11W or $12
  • DVD or Blu-Ray player: 11W or $12
  • Laser fax/printer: 6W or $6
  • Garage door opener: 5W or $5
  • Cable modem: 4W or $4
While some of these devices, like your radon fan or recirculation pump, can’t simply be turned off, other more energy-efficient options may exist. 
 

Learn how you can use the Power Meter to see how much your Always On devices are using