What are the appliances that consume the most just because they are plugged in?

The global pandemic of coronavirus covid-19 caused millions of people to modify their daily routine and stay at home. In this context of seclusion, the majority of people intensified their use of the electrical network through greater use of the Internet, television, the electric oven, the refrigerator, and even the microwave.

Although several of these devices must be constantly connected, there are some other devices that do not make the list of essentials. For this reason, many users embarked on the task of reducing some consumption, thus reducing the amount of the next electricity bill.

The television

It is not very common for the TV to be unplugged from the wall socket or from the shoe when it is not in use. However, it is advisable to do so since a 34-inch model can spend approximately 53 kWh per year on standby and a 37-inch LED 35 kWh.

Microwave oven

On the other hand, other appliances such as the refrigerator, the coffee maker, or the toaster are usually always connected. Appliances such as microwaves can have a "phantom" consumption of 35 kWh per year. 

Cell phone charger

 The Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE) explained last year that leaving the cell phone charger connected "consumes almost as much as if it were charging the phone." Many users, for convenience, choose to leave them connected but this generates consumption that later has to be paid.


They usually have several connected devices that, whether in use or not, imply a phantom energy consumption since the current flow is maintained. What's more, it's often much more convenient to directly unplug the shoe if it houses several of the aforementioned pieces of equipment.


It is not in dispute to disconnect it daily, since food can rot. Of course, they recommend emptying it and unplugging it in case you go on a trip. The last three are made up of the washing machine, the dishwasher, and the dryer. Unlike what happens with the refrigerator, it is not necessary to have them constantly connected. They consume energy at all times, especially if they have a digital or touch screen.

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