Does An Plug Extension Leads Waste Power?

Energy-saving has always been an action we advocate very much to protect the environment and save our electricity bills. But it doesn’t seem to work when you reduce your electricity bill. In such a condition, many people believe that plug extension leads could be responsible for a high electricity bill, especially when our rarely turn it off. Hence, they think the plug extension leads use power even if nothing is plugged in. This article will answer you.

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First, do extension leads use electricity when not in use?

Multi way extension leads are the most frequently used tool among us. They’re typically used indoors for all devices of jobs. Then do the extension leads use power when nothing is plugged into it? The answer to this question is no. An extension cord of this kind does not consume electricity when plugged in. The reason is that this kind of tool merely conducts electricity from the wall or other source to whatever is plugged into it. By itself, it does not and cannot consume units of power. The same is true for the wall socket, which also consumes no power when nothing is plugged into the wall socket.

But is power wasted when a device that is turned off is plugged into an electricity extension leads?

After understanding the power supply problem that the plug extension leads itself does not consume power. Will it waste electricity if a device turned off is plugged into the electricity extension leads?

The answer is yes! Various electronic devices and appliances, including televisions, toasters, lamps, and more, can consume electricity even when they’re turned off.

This phenomenon is commonly referred to as a “phantom load”. Phantom load, also known as standby power or vampire power. Does an electronic device consume the electricity while turned off or in standby mode? It is the power that maintains your TV settings and keeps the clock going on your VCR and microwave. These appliances and electronic devices provide the modern-day conveniences we rely on, but they also waste energy and money. This power comes at a price. Experimental studies have shown that, on average, 75% of the electricity used to power household electronics and appliances is consumed when the products are turned off.

So when you do not use electrical appliances, please turn off the plug extension leads to power in time to avoid wasting electricity bills.

Individually switched extension lead

If we need to turn off the power of a single appliance frequently, it is highly recommended that you choose an extension cable with individual switches. The advantage is that using an individually switched extension lead can freely control the power of a single outlet, or you can completely cut off all power. You don’t need to unplug and unplug electrical appliances repeatedly. These multi switch extension lead are recommended if you are away from home for an extended period. This way you can save a lot of money.

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