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Don’t get sucked in by electricity wasters

As we incorporate more and more technology into our lives we seem less and less aware of the impact its energy use is having on our hip pockets. While we might aspire to the latest plasma screen, espresso machine or iPad, do we give as much thought to how much energy they consume even when we are not using them?

Standby power flies under the radar as a significant contributor to our rising electricity bills. It is commonly called vampire power because it sucks away energy during the night and accounts for over 10% of the average household energy bill.

Frys Energywise FootswitchTurning your appliances, home theatre or office equipment off each day need not be a hassle if you take advantage of clever energy saving products such as the Footswitch from Frys Energwise.

According to the Intrusive Residential Standby Survey Report commissioned by the National Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Committee, a plasma TV, set top box, DVD player and games console left on standby for 365 days of the year, will add an extra $370 to your annual power bill (based on the current rates of $0.20 per kWh).

Ian Fry, principal of Frys Energywise, a business specialising in energy saving products and services, said both home and business owners were feeling the stress from ever increasing electricity prices but that a change in habits could ease the pressure.

“Just leaving your washing machine on at the switch can use as much electricity in standby power in one day as it takes to do one load of washing,” said Mr Fry.

“However, simple measures like switching off your computer at the end of a working day can lower the running cost to approximately $40 per year or a potential saving of $95 annually (based on 10 hours usage, five days per week).”

Turning your appliances, home theatre or office equipment off each day need not be a hassle if you take advantage of clever energy saving products such as the Footswitch from Frys Energwise.

The handy Footswitch, which attaches via an extended lead to its own surge-protected 6-point powerboard, allows you to turn off a group of appliances all in one go.

“The Footswitch is placed in an easily accessible area and stops you from having to crawl under the desk or reach behind the entertainment cabinet to turn the power switches on or off,” said Mr Fry.

“There is no reason why trying to save money on your power bill needs to become a burden, when you get into the habit of turning off the Footswitch just like the lights when you go to bed.”