The Things That Use Energy While You’re Not At Home

If you’re looking for ways to save energy around the home then it’s important not to just think about the energy you are ‘actively’ using throughout the day. It’s easy to focus on the things that you ‘do’ daily, seeing as you are actually doing them which kind of means they draw attention to themselves…

But while various activities may well involve technology and energy and cause you to increase your carbon footprint, they actually don’t contribute half as much as the things you aren’t doing. That is to say that your home uses a ton of energy even when you’re not in it, passively due to the way you’re running it.

If you really want to save energy and find the problem areas that you’re missing, then you need to think about the energy that gets used on its own when your back is turned. Here are some of the ways your home burns energy even when you’re out shopping or at work…


The number one culprit for things that passively use up your energy unnecessarily without drawing attention to themselves is your chargers. That means things like phone chargers and laptop chargers which continue to use power even when your devices are fully charged up and even when they’re not actually plugged in.

So if you leave the house with your Samsung charger still plugged in at home you need to realise that that will be using energy and should be unplugged ASAP. All that plugging and unplugging can seem like a lot of work, so to make life easier consider plugging all your power adapters into a single power extension and then just turning that one off at the mains when you leave the house.

phone chargers


Your home will use heating throughout the day which of course uses up gas or electricity depending on the type of utilities you have. This isn’t a bad thing though, as if you have a thermostat it will only come on when your house drops below a certain temperature. This is good news because cold homes actually end up using up more energy as they gather condensation which further cools them down and as the walls require a lot of heat all in one go to warm back up.

All you need to think about then is what setting your thermostat is on, and whether or not you’re containing the heat properly in your property with the right insulation.

The Internet

This is something that few people seem to realise – routers do use power. Granted it’s not a great deal, but this is one of those examples of a small amount of energy saved every day that can add up to a fair amount. Buck the trend of seemingly everyone else in the Western world and turn off that router before you leave the house – it’s hardly a hassle to have to turn it back on again!

The same goes for a number of other devices – TVs left on standby for instance and even alarm clocks. Switching to an old fashioned alarm clock can save you money and prevent LED lights from keeping you awake at night.

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Indirect Damage

These things will all use energy even when you’re not in the home which in some cases is a lot of waste.

At the same time you also need to think about the ‘indirect’ ways that your home might be wasting energy. An example is any kind of recycling that’s sitting in your bins or that’s been left in the garden. It may not cost you energy, but by being in your home rather than being put to good use it’s costing energy elsewhere through the manufacture of new materials. Use green waste collection and other services and stop wasting energy through inaction.

Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.