unplug small appliances

We all have small appliances in our kitchens. They consist of a toasters, toaster ovens, electric can openers, coffee makers, and microwave ovens. And today most of your coffee makers and microwave ovens have digital clocks. Unlike your larger appliances such as your refrigerator and stove, your small appliances are not made to be energy efficient appliances. Most of us use small appliances every single day. We do not think about the energy usage of these small appliances, we simply turn them on, use them, and turn them back off. However, these items go int a stand by mode when turned off, and if left plugged in they are still using electricity. 20% of electricity is used when these small appliances sit in the stand by mode.

A couple of ways to make sure your small appliance are not using electricity in the stand by mode is to:
1. Simply unplug your appliances.
2. Use a good power strip. The power strip should have it’s own on and off switch. Plug your small appliances into the power strip. At the end of the day shut your power strip off. This will cut all electricity to your plugs.

So the question remains,” should you unplug your small appliances when you are not using them?” The answer is yes. If you were to unplug your small appliances after using them, you would save on electricity. It may not seem like much of a savings, but it all adds up in time.