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The four household items you should always unplug at night to save money


Just because an appliance isn’t in use doesn’t mean it doesn’t use a lot of energy, especially if it’s plugged in overnight.

With the energy bills of people from all walks of life in Ireland rising month on month, any advice on how to cut costs is always welcome.

Devices that can be plugged in overnight and add to your electric bill every minute are called phantom power users.

This means that even when not in use, if the devices are plugged in, it costs you money.

The time of day you use appliances can also affect your monthly energy bills, and you can click here for the cheapest and most expensive times.

Here is a list of appliances that you absolutely must unplug to reduce your electricity bills each month.

Small kitchen appliances.

While some appliances should remain plugged in at all times, such as the fridge-freezer, oven and dishwasher, etc., others can and should be unplugged.

Appliances such as microwaves, coffee makers and the like consume a lot of energy if they are plugged in but not in use.

If you see your microwave’s clock going on, it’s increasing your energy bill.


We’re all guilty of leaving chargers in the wall, whether it’s for our phone or our laptop.

But if you leave the charger on after the device is fully charged, it adds to your bill. So, once your phone or laptop is fully charged, remove the charger from the outlet.

It’s also a safety issue and a fire hazard if you leave chargers plugged in with no devices connected.


It may seem nice to have a screen saver taped to the computer screen, but it only adds to your costs.

If your computer is plugged in, chances are your printer is too. Both of these devices could significantly increase your electricity bill.

Unplugging your computer every night can also protect it from sudden power surges that are known to completely fry desktop computers.

Televisions and entertainment system

It can be tempting to just put your TV on standby and think everything’s set for the night. But if that red light is visible on your TV, it’s still using electricity and will continue to use it hourly.

It can be a pain to have to wait for your TV or consoles to start up, but it’s worth it to have lower electricity costs at the end of the month.

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