10 Appliances that consume energy even when switched off

Many appliances continue to consume power even when they are turned off or in standby mode, especially at night, this is called “vampire current”. These devices consume between 5 and 10% of the total energy consumed in the home.

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The Lawrence Berkely lab made a list of the 10 devices that suck the most energy and empty your wallet due to the high bill costs you spend on them.

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1. Cable TV Set-Top Box

TV set-top box

The decoders that consume the most energy are those that have the mode of recording video, they use up to 43. 4 watts per hour.

2. Laptop


Laptops can consume up to 8.9 watts per hour, in standby or sleep mode, up to 15.7 watts.

3. Mini-Component


If you have a radio, the consumption can go up to 14.4 watts.

4. Rear projection TV

Rear projection TV

This old model that looked like a box, consumes more power than LCDs, it can use up to 6.6 W even when turned off if it is kept connected.

5. Microwave


The microwave consumes 3.8 W per hour, but if the door is left open, it reaches 25W

6. Desktop Computer

Apple computer on a chest of drawers

If you leave the computer plugged in, it consumes 2.8 W per hour, if it is in standby mode 21.1W.

7. Coffee maker

coffee pot

It consumes 1W per hour while plugged in.

8. Video Game Console

Play Station Console

Off consumes 1W, but if left in “out-of-the-box” mode, the figure is 23.3W.

9. Cordless Phone

Cordless phone

It consumes 0.98W per hour, now that if it includes an answering machine, it is 2.9W.

10. Cell Phone Charger

Cell Phone Charger

It consumes the least energy, at 2.36 W per hour. However, if the phone is already charged, it doesn’t make sense for it to stay connected.



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