Do you unplug your TV, Gaming Consoles, etc?

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Do you unplug your electronics after using them?

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  1. LordQ, Aug 8, 2016
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    Hi guys, I am wondering how many of you unplug your TVs, Gaming Consoles and whatnot after using them. Personally I play Wii U on weekends so my TV and console stay unplugged from Monday to Thursday and just plug it to play and unplug it again at Sunday night. I do this to save a few bucks from my electric bill but I heard this might damage the devices.

    What are your habits on this?
     
  2. hallux macrumors 68020

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    Nope, mine stay plugged in all the time. No gaming console but my TV, DVR, audio system and DVD player are all plugged into a UPS that then plugs into the wall, the power on that remains on all the time also.
     
  3. D.T. macrumors 604

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    Unplugging devices won't hurt them at all, assuming you go through the proper shutdown procedure.

    Same as above, 99% of the time, everything stays plugged in - our main AV stack has a 2000VA UPS, and that's always powered, the exception being if we're traveling for a couple of days or longer.

    Other stuff around the house that isn't on a UPS still stays plugged in when off.
     
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    No, since they are all connected to several UPS, I see little reason to.
     
  5. ThisBougieLife macrumors 65816

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    Nope, everything stays plugged in. We have a home automation system too, so it's even more important that things remain plugged in.
     
  6. Tech198, Aug 9, 2016
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    Mine too stays plugged in...

    Power bills aside, is the only concern particularly A/V equipment. It would take me longer to unplug everything, then it would me to say "ok time for me to use them again"

    At one point, it would be just to darn inconvenient.. Major storms, thunder aside.. as well would be an exception.. but not always..

    e.g my wi-fi router stays on 24/7 even during a storm.. and while i have had a lightening strike jump the surge supressor and take out a Netgear in the past, it didn't stop me from leaving it on..

    I just got a better suppressor :) Even my NAS is not on UPS which sounds scary.... but i wager myself how many issues does one have to warrant a UPS ..? For me, backup's being kept up-to-date,, 90% of the time a UPS would not *be in use* (aka running of battery), i'd gladly risk that other 10%, just because i do keep up-to-date backups with me
     
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  8. zmunkz, Aug 9, 2016
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    I keep everything plugged in except during major storms. So many things are running in the background (dvr and such) that I prefer everything to be powered up and doing its thing. I'm also far too impatient to plug things in again every time I need them.

    I'm curious if you've done the experiment... how much does this actually save you a month? For my own personality, I suspect the savings would be lower than the inconvenience, but possibly you could surprise me. Is it just a couple dollars or does it really drop the bill?
     
  9. JamesMike macrumors demi-god

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    My electric bill is around $60 a month, I leave everything plugged in.
     
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    I have a decent UPS that runs off a very good surge protector. These always stay powered.
     
  11. LumbermanSVO macrumors 65816

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    I leave home for weeks at a time, so I turn off the power strips to everything but my home server setup.
     
  12. LordQ thread starter Suspended

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    I will make the test next month and keep you updated ;)
     
  13. westom macrumors regular

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    Define 'very good'. What is and what makes it 'very good'.
     
  14. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Only when I leave home for several days. Mac mini with Plex is on year round though.
     
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    I do a lot of work on us subs. When we upgrade their stuff we often get to keep the old stuff.
     
  16. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    All three of my TV's, DVR and PS4 all stay plugged in 24/7.
    I keep my Mac on the same. Just put it to sleep when I've finished using it.
    I have an Xbox 360 turned off at the wall as I hardly ever use it.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 10, 2016 ---
    We do the same for the MOD in the UK.
     
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    Right? That's good stuff on there. We are supposed to just throw that stuff out when we remove it.
     
  18. westom, Aug 10, 2016
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    Irrelevant is who originally bought it. Only fact that matters are what is does. That means specification numbers. How often do us subs need protection from lightning? Where are numbers that say how good?
     
  19. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    My gear is all laptops or other mobile devices and I don't leave anything plugged in when not charging it. I don't have much in the way of elecronics anyway, no TV etc. My router and sewing machines are on spike protectors but I unplug them and my microwave in front of electrical storms. My electricity costs are around 30-40 a month.

    I'm getting tired of outages (especially in winter since I no longer burn wood) so thinking again about a genny that hooks up to my panel and the propane and kicks in automatically. I'd still unplug my stuff before a storm; we get some weird strikes here sometimes, places you'd not think would be the "go-to" choice in an area with tens of thousands of tall trees on hundreds of hills. I don't know what makes those places special, or if my place falls in that category!
     
  20. zmunkz macrumors 6502a

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    My father-in-law just put in a 20kva propane standby generator. It's pretty nice, works like a charm. I want one too, but they are expensive.

    I can't believe how low everyone's electric bills are. I must be doing something wrong. Maybe I should start unplugging stuff...
     
  21. D.T. macrumors 604

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    Here on the east coast of Florida, with hurricanes/tropical storms, lots of folks have generators - us included, but where we have the roll it out, start it, run some extension style (I mean, it's pretty stout, but not integrated), a few folks have natural gas setups, fully integrated into their power distribution system, with auto start/switchover, it's pretty amazing how seamless it switches over.

    A guy down the street has one of those setups, it also does scheduled starts for diagnostics, and is connected to his internet so it sends him monthly reports of gas levels, start issues, etc.!
     
  22. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    The thing is that things that have more of an effect on bills, which are typically household appliances (heater/AC, washer/dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, potentially a range/cooktop/oven, if those are electric) get a different amount of use by different people in different places at different times (and that's in addition to what type and size of a house or apartment we are talking about, which plays a role too). I would say that the whole thing of plugging/unplugging of various devices, while it can certainly have some effect, won't have as much of an effect as the actual use or non-use of those household appliances, which often accounts for the differences in electric bills for many.
     
  23. D.T. macrumors 604

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    Hahaha, I know, during super peak summer months here our bill is like $300/month :D
     
  24. westom macrumors regular

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    To make damage easier to a router and sewing machine, then do what you are doing.

    If unplugging is necessary to protect anything, then you must also unplug the dishwasher, central air conditioner, LED and CFL bulbs, garage door opener, refrigerator, all TVs, all clocks, door bell, and every kitchen and bathroom GFCI. HOw do you do that? And do it before a stray car hits that telephone pole or a linemen makes a mistake? Apparently you know this will happen well in advance. And are always awake, never leave the house, and never take showered. Or you are falling for a least reliable solution called unplugging.
     
  25. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    Great thing about Catskills is pretty much open the windows for A/C. Remember to shut them before it drops off to 45 overnight by end of August... (of course we pay for that dearly in those -25ºF trudges to the mailbox in winter sometimes). As long as we don't have electrical heat it's not too bad. Even blower motor for forced air doesn't run up the elec too much. Things to stay away from: elec heaters and clothes dryers.

    Wow... I don't get that carried away w/ tinfoil hat routines. :D My neighbors had routers and microwave fry a couple times so when I think of it I unplug the stuff I actually care about . I don't have most of that other stuff anyway and my fridge is on life support probably, it's around 15 years old.
     

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