Control circuits ? Door seal heaters? There are sorta of things running in most fridges all of the time . Indeed almost every appliance or electronic device in your home is going to consume power when it is off.
it is 12.26 per year not monthYou are talking about 0.14 of an amp when sitting idle just waiting for a call to cool. That is 0.01 less then a CFL 13 Watt bulb, or 0.07 more then a LED 7 watt bulb consumes. You would never even notice the meter even turning or recording what it is using.
Libraries in the majority of cities rent out the plug in Kill-a-Watt units that allow you to see what the kWh, Carbon Footprint and Cost to run.
You are worrying about aprox. if cost is what mine is say at $0.10080 per kwh, you are talking a dollar an hour or around $12.26 a month to sit idle. My bottle of Glenfiddich that I buy twice a month, costs three times as much per bottle then what your fridge would cost me a month. You can use this calculator to find what it costs. http://www.rapidtables.com/calc/electric/energy-cost-calculator.htm
I was tired from an hour of sleep, because one of the dogs kept us up and I am strssing a little for a Cataract surgery coming up, along with having three cups of Glenfiddich. There is bound to be a minor burp.it is 12.26 per year not month
I'd say Bondo hit the nail on the head. Every frost free fridge has a way of deciding when to defrost the evaporator coil. Older fridges use a defrost timer which uses an electric motor that runs continuously (as long as the fridge is plugged in) and it eats about 6 watts. If your fridge is newer and has a circuit board that keeps track of the cumulative length of time the fridge door has been open, then that circuitry could eat more watts, but save you more than it eats by not doing some defrost cycles when you're not using your fridge (like when you're away on holidays).Ayuh,.... I know mine has a defrost timer that runs non-stop,....
Not the newer ones. Once they go into Sleep mode after cooling down the drum and wire, it uses barely anything. My Brother HL-2280DW uses 1.0 Watts if the WLAN & Ethernet are not enabled. 2.8 Watts when WLAN and Ethernet are enabled, waiting for a ping request to wake up and start warming up the fuser and wire to print from either my Airprint Server or a direct request from a laptop to the printer over Wireless.A real electricity pig when it comes to standby power usage will be any laser printers in your house. Laser printers use heat to fuse the toner onto the paper, and letting the print drum get cold means a long wait before you can print anything. So, laser printers are eating a lot of electricity all the time just to keep the print drum warm so that they can be used immediately whenever someone wants to print or photocopy something.
Is this a fridge only, or a fridge freezer. Were the 2 others you tested the same configuration as this one.I think that is missing my point. If ALL fridges do this, then fine but two others I have tested (at least as far as I can recall) were not using 'idle power' so it made me think that maybe something was wrong in the fridge. If everyone is in agreement that this is normal and such, then so be it.
Also, I would not be too quick to dismiss the power usage. I would not leave a 13W CFL running 24/7 just because the power usage is negligible in the grand schemes of things. I think we can all agree that vampire power usage can add up so what is the harm in trying to remedy as much of that as possible? Just saying that if it is something I can correct, I will try to do so. If not, then I just live with it or finally give in to my wife's demands for a new refrigerator....haha...looking for a reason.... :wink2: