Energy sobriety: are power strips with a switch more economical?

The advice only applies to power strips with a switch.
The advice only applies to power strips with a switch. (© Martin LEDUC / )

The government is hammering it home: we have to make energy savings wherever we can. To do this, many tips were given to the French during the presentation of the energy sobriety plan.

One of them seems particularly accessible: connecting all your devices to a power strip with switch.

Significant financial savings

Let it be said right away: the advice only applies to power strips equipped with a switch. Those that don’t have them are just power strips, and do not allow you to turn off our devices that have remained on standby.

Because it is the day before the wifi box, the vacuum cleaner that charges, our phone chargers (which continue to consume electricity even without a phone at the end) or the TV that are targeted.

“The total power of these watches for a household often exceeds 50 watts, which represents a cost of more than 80 € / year. Switching off the watches allows us to make substantial savings (up to 10% of our electricity bill!), but also to preserve the equipment, ”explains Ademe.

The LED of the switch consumes, but…

Against power strips with a switch, it is normal to think that the small bulb in the switch consumes electricity. This is indeed the case, “but it is quite negligible as consumption”, remarks Ademe, contacted by
“Besides, power strips without LED switches exist. They just have an on/off button, which does not light up,” she insists.

cut everything at once

50 watts may not seem like much, but on a country scale, it can make a big difference in France’s ambition to save energy. And unplugging all your devices when you no longer need them can be time-consuming.

Also, “cutting off the power strip switch is like turning everything off at once”as certified by Ademe, contacted by

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