What is the cost of Standby Power?

  • 1 watt of standby power equates to about $1/year in consumption. This may not seem like much, but when you have 40+ appliances in your home drawing an average of 5 watts when they’re off, this can add up.
  • Up to 20% of residential electric charges are attributable to standby power, and about 1% of global CO2 emissions are the result. Although this may still seem small for some, let’s remember that this is a form of consumption that serves no purpose; everything is off. You gain little to no benefit from this consumption – and cost. If you invested the $200/year you spend on standby power, you could have over $24,000 in 30 years (at 8% average growth).

How can I identify products that draw standby power?

Almost any product with an external power supply, remote control, continuous display (including an LED), or charges batteries will draw power continuously. Sometimes there is no obvious sign of continuous power consumption and you need a meter to be certain.

How much power is used for standby in the US?…Worldwide?

Nobody knows for sure, but it’s typically 10-20% of residential electricity use in most developed countries and a rising fraction in the developing countries (especially in the cities). Standby power in commercial buildings is smaller but still significant. Altogether, standby power use is roughly responsible for 1% of global CO2 emissions.

How does over charging effect my battery life?

The industry suggests you don’t charge anything for more than three hours. By doing so, you diminish the life of your battery. Using our energy efficient, battery saving products you can extend the life of your battery by up to 2 times.

Tip: Using a TakeCharge PowerSaver will not only pay for itself in the first 6 months with the savings in lost standby power, but over a 5 year period you stand to save over $250.