Home Electronics

Surprisingly, up to 75 percent of all electricity used by consumer electronics is while they are in standby mode. Most people assume when they turn off their equipment it is completely off. Actually, it is in the standby mode – the mode necessary for the use of remote controls, clocks, channel memory and other features.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has estimated that home electronics in standby mode account for 5 to 10 percent of total residential electricity use. The average home has two TVs, a VCR, DVD player, home stereo and three telephones – all of them using electricity in standby mode.

Everyday Tips

  • Turn off entertianment systems and computer equipment/peripherals when not in use. Minimize energy use when electronic devices are in standby mode by enablinge powersave settings.
  • To eliminate electricity use when devices are in standby mode, plug them into a power strip and switch it off.


  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when selecting home electronics. ENERGY STAR certified products use up to 50 percent less energy than conventional models while still providing the features consumers want.
  • ENERGY STAR products are available in the following product categories:
    • Audio/Video
    • Set-top Boxes
    • Computers & Monitors
    • Slates and Tablets
    • Telephones
    • Televisions