Not all devices are made equal. Some Always On devices use more power than others, when they might not need to. To get an idea of how much energy your Always On devices are using (and how much they’re costing you), take a walk around your home and investigate.
Common culprits include smart home devices, TVs, DVRs, game consoles, and computers. But even devices like hot water recirculators, garage door openers, and pool pumps can present a significant Always On load, so think beyond consumer electronics! And if your Always On load is really large, maybe you accidentally left something on?
Wait until your Power Meter is relatively flat.
Unplug your suspected Always On device. In some cases, you may be able to just power the device down, but many Always On devices seem like they’re off while they’re still sucking power, so unplugging is often the best option.
Watch the wattage change in the Power Meter and record the difference. That’s how much energy that device was using.
Replug your Always On device. Redo steps 2 and 3 a couple of times to get a more accurate average.
After you’ve made some changes, give your Always On bubble time to adjust. Check back in 24 to 48 hours to see how much you’ve shaved off of your Always On load.
Curious how much your Always On devices are costing you? Play around with the calculator below. It’s assuming the national average rate of $.12/kWh.
Usage in Watts:
= $ per year
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