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A BGE Question

| March 13, 2009, 05:17 AM | 4 Comments

bgelogoI have heard that unplugging appliances when not in use (versus just turning them off) is a way to save a considerable amount of money on your monthly electric bill.  While some of it sounds extreme, I imagine it makes some sense.

Here is what we were told by a friend:

I started unplugging things in the beginning of the BGE cycle last month. I just wanted to see what would happen. If not in use, I make sure the microwave, toaster oven, computer power strip, TV/DVD/sat upstairs, and all lamps are unplugged. I have gas heat, which stayed the same as last month. Electric usage was down. Total bill went down $30 since last month.

Any thoughts on this? Please comment below!


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  1. Jesse Barron says:

    That sounds possible.

    I believe that in my 10th grade earth science class my teacher said that if you are leaving your house for an hour or two that it takes less power to leave the TV running than it does to power it down and power it back up again.

    Don’t quote me though — that was a long time ago — so long that I may be completely making it up based on something I thought I heard back then.

    Jesse Barron’s last blog post..Maryland Energy Re-regulation

  2. Jesse Barron says:

    That whole “last blog post” comment plug-in thingy has me mighty jealous! So does the way it grabbed my picture.

    Jesse Barron’s last blog post..Maryland Energy Re-regulation

  3. JWF says:

    Jesse–to be honest, I am not sure where it grabbed your photo–maybe from a general WordPress account? And I like the last blog post thing–but if you care not to share, there is a drop down list! But it might send some traffic your way!

    I remember a similar “earning” from teachers as well. I guess it is no different than the folks that turn off their cars at red lights–less cost to re-start them than it is to idle for two minutes.

  4. Will Small says:

    I do this all the time. My TV/DVD/Cable box are plugged into a power strip. It’s almost always off except when I’m watching The Daily Show or the Colbert Report – news I can trust and be amused by. I turn my computer off when not using it and keep my heat at 50 when I’m not there. My highest bill was $150 for gas & electric and this months is $108.

    I sometimes turn my car off at stoplights as well. might seem a little over the top but I’m told it’s actually law in Sweden and it is not that much effort.

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