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Can We Save The World ?
Reduce electricity leakage
Electricity is used by a very wide variety of equipment, much of this continually
consumes electrical power in standby mode
wasting electrical energy prodigiously even if it is not being used, this is sometimes referred to
as ‘electricity leakage’.
It is easy to dramatically reduce electricity leakage.
Almost all homes continually consume electricity, if yours continually consumes 100 watts and
this is quite common, the annual cost to you can be more than $100.
It is estimated that in the US 5 billion watts of energy is used each year by electrical equipment
in standby mode, this is equivalent to the output from 26 average sized power stations.
The electricity leakage occurs because many electronic devices can't be fully turned off without
switching them off at a power strip, the wall outlet, or disconnecting them.
While the device may appear to be turned off, in reality, it is one of several standby modes
wasting electricity, somewhere between fully off and fully on, so it consumes electric energy 24/7.
The most common devices that exhibit electricity leakage
are TV, video, and audio systems, PC systems and peripherals that have a standby mode, and appliance
A modern PC system, and LCD monitor that is ‘shut down’ continues to consume and waste electricity, such
a system can continuously use 30 watts and cost $30 a year in standby mode, older systems can cost more
than $50 per year.
Many other electrical appliances often have black or white power modules containing a transformer that
plug into wall outlets, these
continually consume power
unless switched off at a power strip or disconnected at the wall outlets. Examples are portable phones,
Ipod’s and device recharger modules.
These power supplies feed electricity into electronic products providing standby mode current and are
amongst the most energy-inefficient of all common devices.
Some devices need to remain in standby mode, e.g. security alarms and telephones, but most do not.
Consumer concerns about electricity leakage or standby mode power consumption are leading to the
development of devices that automatically remove power from devices that switch to standby mode.
"OneClickPower", a British firm, has been selling a range of intelligent power strips
with outlets for a computer, monitor, printer, scanner and other devices. Its circuitry senses when the
devices go into 'sleep mode' and automatically disconnects them reducing waste.
What can I do to reduce electricity leakage:
Do your bit to conserve energy, minimize standby mode power consumption, leave a better world for
- If you are not using equipment unplug it from the wall outlet or switch it off at a power strip.
- Do not leave electrical equipment in standby mode, use a switched power strip for systems that
have many plugs and switch it off when not in use, or use an intelligent power strip.
- In winter unplug your automatic irrigation system controller.
- Unplug or switch off all recharging modules when not in use.