I know it doesn’t sound like much, but hear me out…I just opened my electric bill for the last month and it was $7 less than every other month this year so far, so was it a fluke? Normally my bill runs about the same amount within a few pennies so I guess we are pretty consistent with our power usage. But for the last month, I went back to doing something I used to do but had gotten out of the habit of doing since I started working from home – shutting off the power strip that runs everything in my office. I used to have one of those automatic power strips but we moved it to our TV set up because I figured that the stereo/TV equipment used way more power when they weren’t on, but maybe I was wrong.
For the last 30 days, I have been crawling under my desk here in my office and flipping the switch on the power strip. There are actually two strips in my office – one for the VOIP box and cable modem, and one for the computer, monitor, printer, lamp, cellphone charger and external HD. The one that is for the VOIP equipment stays on 24/7 (unless we leave for vacation) because otherwise we would not have a phone! The one attached to the computer now gets turned off at night before I go to sleep and just gets turned on first thing in the morning when I start work. The result? An approximate $7 drop in my electric bill this month.
I know that some naysayers that might think it’s just a fluke, but that bill is always the same amount…always. I guess I will see next month what the bill comes to, but I am very satisfied with my thinking that turning off all that “vampire” power at night has saved me this much money this month. It is absolutely amazing how much electricity is used for standby power when things are not even fully on – sometimes it is up to 75% of the power the item would use when in use. How scary that we waste that much money every month!