From CNET: It's a common refrain that unplugging appliances when not in use can save both electricity and money. The idea is that appliances can still be running certain functions in the background while still plugged in, so unplugging them stops this silent energy drain.
But how much money does unplugging appliances actually save? Do you even save a significant amount of energy by unplugging appliances? Is it worth it to constantly be plugging and unplugging appliances? Below we'll explore why unplugging appliances can lead to savings, how much you could stand to save and ways to help make disabling plugged-in appliances easier.