Track down your Always On energy hogs

Not all devices are made equal. Some Always On devices use more power than others, when they might not need to. If you haven’t already, be sure to search Sense’s Always On device database for your suspected vampire loads to see how much they may be using 24/7. If we don’t have your device, take a walk around your home and investigate.

Common culprits include smart home devices, TVs, DVRs, game consoles, and computers. But even devices like hot water recirculators, garage door openers, and pool pumps can present a significant Always On load, so think beyond consumer electronics! And if your Always On load is really large, maybe you accidentally left something on?

1. Wait til it's quiet

Wait until your Power Meter is relatively flat.


2. Unplug

Unplug your suspected Always On device. In some cases, you may be able to just power the device down, but many Always On devices seem like they’re off while they’re still sucking power, so unplugging is often the best option.


3. Watch the Power Meter

Watch the wattage change in the Power Meter and record the difference. That’s how much energy that device was using.


4. Re-do

Replug your Always On device. Redo steps 2 and 3 a couple of times to get a more accurate average.


After you’ve made some changes, give your Always On bubble time to adjust. Check back in 24 to 48 hours to see how much you’ve shaved off of your Always On load.

Curious how much your Always On devices are costing you? Play around with the calculator below.

(using the national average rate of $0.12/kWh)

A device with watts of Always On

Costs $354 per year