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wornoutwaitress Fri 01-Aug-08 17:36:19

Is it true that appliances still use a small amount of electricity even if the appliance itself is switched off but you have not turned the socket off at the mains?

SaintGeorge Fri 01-Aug-08 20:13:24

Depends on the appliance.

A TV with an 'instant on' function is probably using a small trickle charge all the time. Computers are usually still drawing a small amount of power also.

Mobile phone chargers left plugged in after the phone is fully charged are also a culprit, but you are talking about a tiny, tiny amount of power.

AvenaLife Fri 01-Aug-08 20:15:35

Yes. The socket is still active and sending electricity into the plug.

wornoutwaitress Sat 02-Aug-08 09:52:41

What about microwaves, ovens, kettles, toasters, dvd players etc.

AvenaLife Sat 02-Aug-08 21:58:43

Yes. If they are plugged in, the socket switch is on but they are not being used then they will have electricity going into them. Hence the fact that you can be electrocuted if one is faulty even though it is not switched on.

RambleOn Sat 02-Aug-08 22:11:09

No, they don't.

TV - no
Computers - no
Phone charger - no
Microwave - possibly, if it has a clock/LCD display
Oven - again, only if it has a clock
Kettle - no
Toaster - no
DVD player - possibly, usually has a display

Obviously, things left on Standby will be using power though.

Goober Sat 02-Aug-08 22:13:29

Yes. They all do.
I switch everything (bar freezer/fridge) off when not in use.

RambleOn Sat 02-Aug-08 22:22:50

No really, they don't. grin

If the appliance is switched off, the circuitry within that appliance is open circuit, and by definition cannot use any power.

Unless you're talking about the skin effect losses. If you are, the losses are so small to be immeasurable by an electricity meter, and anyway will include losses from the power cabling within your house.

nappyaddict Sun 03-Aug-08 14:10:12

oooooh who to believe grin

charliecat Sun 03-Aug-08 14:19:41

mobiles phones chargers are at the plug still warm, so i would say yes, and anything with a display.

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