Tech Power Saving

April 26, 2017 at 2:54 PM

In the age of technology, most of us are constantly surround by items every day that require power or to be charged up to keep them functional. Although most of these items can use very little power, as a collective of a longer period of time, you’d be surprised how much is being consumed and also wasted.

Roughly a household averages about 40 items connected at one time which are consuming electricity, even when not in use. Items like your Fridge/Freezer or hot water cylinder are a given that need to constantly be plugged in and will consume and adjust power consumption when required, but items like a microwave with a digital time always on or a TV that’s in standby are wasting unused electricity when just sitting there. Standby and baseload consumption together can account for about 10% of the energy used in an average house hold. This can add up to around $200 per house, per year of wasted energy and money.





When you look at appliances that has an energy star rating, they are required to use no more than 1 watt of power in standby mode to qualify for a rating.

Below are some examples of appliances that many of us own and what is an estimated draw of power when kept in standby instead of fulling powering it off. Based on these results, you can clearly see why a lot more appliances don’t have an energy rating.


Average standby power consumption

– watts (W)





DVD player


Microwave oven


Garage door opener






Security system



So how can you help save power with your gadgets at home? Below are a few suggestions that can be easily implemented and in the long run, you will be saving money.


wall_timer.jpgWall Timers

Automatic timers can be very useful for entertainment centres, heaters or most wall powered items. You can plug on of these devices in a multi power adapter and schedule it to power everything off while you sleep or at work. This will turn the items back on when required during specific times.



Automatic Schedule for Power on/off

Some gadgets have the ability to schedule a power on and off time that’s built into it. Desktop computers may allow you to configure in BIOS when your computer should be on and off. This is handy for people that always leave their PC’s on so it’s ready to go without having to wait for it to boot. This is also the case for some Network attached storage devices (NAS) as you can have them power off at night when not being accessed and then have them power on first thing in the morning ready to be accessed again.


LEDs, LEDs, and more LEDs

Replace all your regular light bulbs with LED bulbs in the home is a great way to help reduce cost. Although the upfront cost to do so is not as cheap as regular bulbs, in the long run it will be some much better to do so. These bulbs running up to 80% cooler than regular and don’t need to be replaced as often.
















So, at the end of the day, the simplest method to save power is turn it off. If you don’t need it plugged in or in a standby state, power it down complete is better for you and your pocket.

 If you require any more tips on configuring your tech gadgets, please feel free to contact the friendly McDonalds IT Team for assistance. 


Created by: Shay Matheson


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