The router is the device that costs the most money in stand-by mode

Every day we use more devices in our homes: television, smart speakers, sensors, chargers, consoles, computers, smart bulbs and many other devices, which remain connected to our electrical network consuming energy.

If we consider the number of these that we have connected at all times, certain doubts can assail us:

"How much do you consume? Which is the one that consumes the most? What if I leave them on stand-by? How much money do they cost me?”.

Savings are always welcome and more so if they has a direct impact on your hip pocket, so it is very common to consider whether it is necessary to have them plugged in all the time and if it is really worth unplugging all of them or leaving them in eco, stand-by or “low consumption” mode.

The reality is that today’s devices are quite efficient in terms of their energy expenditure when in “sleep” mode.

We are talking about so-called “phantom consumption” and it costs you a whopping €5 per month and between 7% and 11% of the total electricity cost of a house. You can read more about phantom consumption in this other post.

You don’t use them, but they suck energy from your current and euros from your pocket.

However, many of them are totally necessary or not worth unplugging because their use is quite common or even continuous.

For example, there is an urban myth that states that phone chargers use a lot of power when you leave them connected and do not plug in the phone. The truth is that individually they do not consume as much.

But is it possible to spread the blame around and find the biggest power drain? 

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What is the first thing that comes to mind? The TV

No, at least it’s not the device that uses the most.

Is it possible to share the blame and find the most power-sucking devices? According to the OCU, the most expensive electrical appliance in standby mode is the router: 11.91 euros a year in the bin. It is closely followed by printers and radio alarms. Think about it next time you go out and leave all these appliances plugged in.

On the other hand, a 32-inch CRT monitor can use about 53 kWh per year in stand-by (more or less €9), while a 37-inch LED monitor reduces this consumption to 18 kWh per year (less than €3).

A 42-inch plasma TV has a phantom consumption of 26 kWh per year, which on your bill translates to approximately €4.50.

I want to be stop having to worry. How can I pay less, however much I consume?

The answer is Única by Endesa.

With Única, you will always pay the same fee, with total peace of mind and without any nasty surprises. Every month you pay the same bill, whatever you consume. In fact, it is possible for you to pick up some good news with the discounts of the challenge plan and pay.

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And how do you get those discounts?

By being efficient.

If you overcome the energy efficiency challenges that we set you, we will refund money on your bill so that your next instalment goes down even further.

It is a win-win situation for you and for the planet.

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