How Much Energy is That Item Using?

A large number of electrical products draw power (phantom load) as long as they are plugged in. They have to be unplugged in order to draw no power — or plugged into a “smart strip” type powerstrip (like these smartstrips at Choose Renewables) that turns itself off when it senses the product is not in use .

Wondering about how much energy your various appliances and electronics use when on, off, or on standby? Here’s a useful website from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. You may be surprised. Here are two tables:

About thinkofitasanadventure

We are a 50-something couple living in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. We attended a sustainability conference at our local high school in November 2010, with keynote speaker Richard Heinberg from the Post Carbon Institute. What we heard shocked us deeply. We finally understood the need to transition away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. We immediately began to change the way we live. We joined together with other folks in our neighborhood to learn more, to do more and to have fun doing it! We're part of Transition Longfellow. We're choosing to change now and to "think of it as an adventure." If you are on this journey too, we'd love to hear from you.
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3 Responses to How Much Energy is That Item Using?

  1. Nicole says:

    heh – That’s Florida, not FloridaY!

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  2. Nicole says:

    Wow; the chart is really eye-opening!

    I just found your blog today; thanks for keeping it. I used to live in Longfellow, but have lived in Floriday for the past 7 1/2 years. Missing family & friends & likeminded community, however, we will be putting our house on the market hopefully at the end of this month with our ulitmate destination of getting back to the Twin Cities. I have been involved in the Transition Sarasota group here a bit over the past year and was wondering and hoping and assuming that there would be activity happening in the cities. I was so pleased to find the Transition Twin Cities site and then your blog. I know these things will keep me encouraged as we face what I consider a somewhat Hurculean effort of getting back home.

    I shared your “How do We Get and Stay Motivated” post on my Facebook page. Nicely written; I loved it! I share your motivators of my family and my Christian faith. Thanks for your thoughtful ideas. 🙂

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