Standby: What is it?

Many of the devices in your home contribute to your electric bill even when they’re not in use. Some devices, like your Wi-Fi router, need to be on and are constantly in use. Others, like your smart TV, may not actually need to run 24/7. Your “Always On” power provides insight into how much power these devices are using and thus costing you.

Did you know that Always On power accounts for 23% of consumption in the average home? In the average Sense home, it will cost over $250 every year. The devices in your entertainment center alone may be costing you over $100 annually — while you’re not even using them!

Note that because Always On is calculated as an average over a 24-48 hour period, it can occasionally include consumption from devices that you may not typically consider as “vampire” loads, like a space heater left running during a cold spell.  

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Learn more: How to reduce your Always On →