Is it normal to leave appliances and TV etc plugged in 24/7?

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Anybody else leave their TV, fridge, freezer, washing machine etc plugged in 24/7 and is this natural? I've been doing this all my life, but never considered if I should be or not.
 
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Anybody else leave their TV, fridge, freezer, washing machine etc plugged in 24/7 and is this natural? I've been doing this all my life, but never considered if I should be or not.
I leave all of those things plugged in 24/7 with the exception of if I'm going away for ore than a day or two.

In that case I try to completely unplug a much as I can
 
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Who doesn't leave a fridge or freezer plugged in 24/7??? Just for the record, in my house, anything plugged in is left plugged in even though they may be turned off like stereos, tv's, appliances, etc.

I see no point in unplugging things other than to maybe protect from some power surge during a storm or power outage where power comes and goes sporadically.
 

Bob Weaver

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Fridge and freezer stay on for obvious reasons.

Washing machine, tumble drier, and dishwasher plugs stay on too as the plugs are difficult to reach. They do all have mains switches which go off for safety.

I used to unplug everything else, but we know leave the TV box any Internet router plugged in as they take a bit to boot back up otherwise.
 
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Bob Weaver

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Id be interested to know if there is a tangible saving to be made from unplugging them
An average of $100 - 200 supposedly. Its also worse for the environment,leaves them at risk to power surges, and is bad for the environment.


Things like tvs and computers use a lot of energy if plugged in. Stuff like fridges don't.
 
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Johnstown

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I don't think TVs turned off use much energy.

I do think cell charges use engery even when not plugged into a phone.

Or at least I heard that some years back.
 

Johnstown

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"The standby mode electricity estimates range from about 2.25% to 5% of the power consumed while the TV is on. Most TVs today consume less than 5 watts a year in standby, which is a very small amount equal to a few dollars. But that wasted electricity adds up over time."
 
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I remember when I was a kid in the 80's my parents used to unplug the TV every night, but obviously don't do that now. We have way too many devices now, TV, Sky Box, Surround Sound, Face Book Portal, TV Box streaming device, no chance I'm unplugging all that and then plugging it back in every morning.
 
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Ill unplug my computers if Im out because florida is rotten with lightening and associated power surges and Ive lost more than one over the years due to that shit..........

the rest .................hell no.............
 
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I think it's a generational thing, much like fastidiously turning off lights in the house. My mother and stepdad used to unplug things, particularly if leaving the house for more than a few hours.

Main reason given was fire risk. I'm guessing safety standard are probably better now, can't say I ever bother to.
 
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I think it's a generational thing, much like fastidiously turning off lights in the house. My mother and stepdad used to unplug things, particularly if leaving the house for more than a few hours.

Main reason given was fire risk. I'm guessing safety standard are probably better now, can't say I ever bother to.
Yeah, deffo. My old man used to turn his wifi off unless he needed to use the fucking internet. Think of the 0.002p a year he’s saving on those 3 green LEDs.

I’d leave every fucking object in the house running 24/7 to save time if it wasn’t so noisy. Blenders, whisks, lawnmowers, cars, etc, never mind wifi and the odd light.
 
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With today's technology half the appliances in the average household need to stay on otherwise you'd be waiting 10 minutes for everything to boot up before you could start using it.

Not to mention software updates & security scans.
 
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Anybody else leave their TV, fridge, freezer, washing machine etc plugged in 24/7 and is this natural? I've been doing this all my life, but never considered if I should be or not.
I work in fire and floods

Fridge freezer, washing machine are fine tumble dryer is a a grey area

TV I have been to many houses where a TV has caught fire usually because way to many plugs in the adapter and people actually put wires under carpet. Very dangerous and it doesn't end well.



Did u know the recommendations for hoovers you are not supposed to plug into a adapter because of the motor.

I have preached like Jesus and leave my PS4 on overnight sometimes lol

As long as u check wires don't overload plugs u will be fine. If u buy brand new its also a positive.
 

Broxi

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I tend to leave all my big entertainment appliances plugged in overnight, TV, sky box, Xbox, Switch, router, laptop (usually left powered on actually), and also floor lamps to be honest.

But I read a story last year about a family in a town in Scotland, who (according to 2nd hand stories I heard) the guy had nipped out to the shops and by the time he had came back, a glass of water spilled causing his TV to go up in flames and killed his 3 children and put his wife in intensive care.

 
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Bob Weaver

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I think it's a generational thing, much like fastidiously turning off lights in the house. My mother and stepdad used to unplug things, particularly if leaving the house for more than a few hours.

Main reason given was fire risk. I'm guessing safety standard are probably better now, can't say I ever bother to.
I go about the house switching off lights and turning down the thermostat, but that's because I'm cheap.
 
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