Tech-Tip Friday – Turn it off at the wall

Jan 23, 2015 Categories: Tech-Tip-Friday

It’s Friday again – yay! I hope you’ve had a great week. I’m loving the weather in Melbourne right now: sunny and hot. My favourite thing is to come home from work the long way round and spend an hour at the outdoor swimming pool, maybe swimming laps but really just hanging out in the sun reading! Then, when I finally get home, this is view from my bedroom, sunny and not too hot – love it!

summer love in melbourne

Anyway, summer-lovin’ aside, this Friday I wanted to share a quick tip about all those powered devices at home.

First of all if you have expensive computer equipment you should have them plugged in to a surge protector (like the one below). It’s a quick and easy way to make sure that your computer equipment isn’t fried in a lightening storm or a tree coming down on a powerline outside your house.

The main tip though is to turn off the power at the wall when not in use. If you leave chargers plugged in and switched on they are still pulling power and even though it’s not a lot you are spending money right there.

In Victoria and South Australis you also can apply to your electricity company and they will send you out a few Stand-By Power Controllers that look a bit like a power board but have a built-in timer. If you don’t interact with the plugged-in devices for more than an hour, it will turn them all off. Don’t forget though that this means that if you’re watching a movie and don’t touch the TV or the remote for an hour, it will switch itself off – can be very annoying!

It does save electricity and cash though – and it will mean you have to stay awake through the whole movie! A good idea as energy prices go up around the country. Especially as we have more and more devices that need recharging or plugging in every day.

Energy Australia have some great energy saving tips too, including this one:

“Use a power board
A power board can supply electricity to multiple appliances at the same time and allows you to switch off all appliances using the same switch.”

If they are all plugged in together then it makes it much more likely you’l flick off one switch – instead of 4 or 5. Me, I like the easy option!

Any other energy saving tips? Let us know if you turn off your tvs and computers every night…


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