Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

No not on a regular basis either in our home or homes on the market. Typically homes for sale aren't loaded down with extra appliances  and are neatly tucked in a pantry.  As for us we have surge protectors all over the place & with Gary being an electrical engineer I figured he's got it covered.

Oct 15, 2020 03:16 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

When we are away we unplug for safety of appliances and the house should something happen.

Oct 15, 2020 03:17 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

We don't unplug anything unless we are going to be away for a month or longer. When we do unplug it's for a combination of safety and energy consumption.

Oct 15, 2020 06:31 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Nah, I don't unplug anything. Right now, I'm in my office looking around, and my (digital) piano and lamp are plugged in, my other lamp and computer are plugged in, my stereo and TV and modem are plugged in and my printer is plugged in. That means I have 7 potential energy suckers in this one room but I'm not concerned.

PS - My electric bill last month was something like $80. Which included not only all my plugged in stuff but my heat and A/C, electric to the shed, etc etc.

If I was going out of town and remembered, I'd unplug small appliances, but normally, nah.


Oct 15, 2020 05:53 PM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Fred, I unplug appliances because I'm prone to electrocution.   Toasters are my nemesis.

Oct 15, 2020 04:22 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I read somewhere that 'ghosting' I think it's called still costs you money. TV's plugged in that no one ever uses still uses big bucks electricity.

Oct 15, 2020 04:21 PM
Jerrill Ewing
N & J Lake Properties, LLC - Eatonton, GA

mostly unless it's an item that charges... electric razor, toothbrush, or something that needs to be plugged up.... alarm clock... I don't unplug the tv though.  Use that too much.

Oct 15, 2020 03:09 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The only thing I unplug regularly in my home is my coffee pot.  Why? I cannot say I have a logical reason. 
I rarely leave for long enough periods of time to unplug other items. 

I always leave my refrigerator running 

Oct 16, 2020 07:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Fred: this hasn't been a regular practice for me.

Oct 15, 2020 04:45 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate Interesting question.  I have heard like Lyn Sims mentioned, that one is using electicity when stuff is plugged in.  The computers are on surge protectors, and when we travel someone stays here to take care of the place and makes themselves at home...A

Oct 15, 2020 04:43 PM
Ken Jones
Kenneth J. Jones, Inc., REALTORS® - Springfield, NJ
Real Estate Broker/Owner

Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate There are only 2 situations in which I unplug things:

1. When I'm going on an extended trip, and

2. If there's an unusually severe electrical storm.

In those 2 situations, I unplug my TVs, modem, computers, external hard drives, printers, surge protectors (because I had one get fried in an electrical storm in the past), video lighting fixtures. toaster, and coffee maker.

The reason I do this is to prevent the loss of electronic data and to prevent damage to my electronic equipment.

As for my listings, I provide my sellers with a list of safety measures which includes suggestions of what to do (e.g. unplug certain items) in case of a pending severe electrical storm.

I don't know if they ever pay attention to those suggestions, but I give it to them, anyway.

Oct 16, 2020 06:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I do in the kitchen, the appliances I don't use regularly.  The coffee pot stays plugged in.   I used to unplug the TVs, but takes too long but hard to reach plugs.  I know they use a lot of power, even when they are not on.

Oct 16, 2020 06:18 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I unplug nothing.

Oct 16, 2020 04:52 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

No, nix, nada. My electric bill is under $50 per month every month. Everything I use stays plugged in all the time. Yes, I could lower the bill by plugging and unplugging but the savings is not worth the time.

Oct 16, 2020 04:29 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I only unplug stuff when I'm not using it.  TVs and such never get unplugged unless there is the possibility of an electrical surge due to the transmission lines being worked on.

Oct 15, 2020 07:56 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

At home - no

At the listed property - yes.

Oct 16, 2020 08:38 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA







Did I cover all the questions?

Oct 16, 2020 06:25 PM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

I don't and never have but my wife drives me nuts unplugging computers and IPhone cords.

Oct 16, 2020 06:21 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Only when we leave on vacation Fred for safety reasons...what is a vacation you ask? I.Do.Not.Remember! LOL

Oct 16, 2020 02:14 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA

my wife unplugs most things daily.  We also have some power strips with on/off buttons for less power consumption.  

Oct 16, 2020 01:00 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We unplug most . They have been called Vampires that suck electric current when not in use 

Oct 16, 2020 06:18 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

No FPL has whole house surge protection right at the meter. I do suggest that when snowbirds leave that the unplug.

Oct 16, 2020 05:37 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

No, for the little juice they use, risking breaking or wearing out a plug is not worth it. 

Oct 16, 2020 05:17 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I unplug the expensive or indispensable when leaving for extended times or when I know power interruption is eminent.
The local power company is known as Florida Flicker & Flash. If one does not protect their stuff they will keep getting lots of new stuff.
The 'puter stuff' is supported by a regenerative UPS and remains on 100% of the time. The ring door bell is useless without Wi-Fi and file server inaccessible.
Flickers and flashes create cumulative damage that manifest in 'it stopped working or working unpredictably' statements made often weeks after the event.

Oct 16, 2020 05:12 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I generally keep my appliances and my listings plugged in.

Oct 15, 2020 11:41 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The world you are describing exists however I will approach it in my old age and until then carry on as usual meaning: Don't sweat the small stuff

Oct 15, 2020 04:48 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

No, not always.

Oct 16, 2020 09:43 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

No, we do not unplug electric appliances, nor at sellers' homes. However, we always turn off the water to the house when leaving for more than say, a day.

Oct 17, 2020 05:30 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

We used to when we lived in Northern Ireland but not now in Canada - the hydro or electric bills as you call them are outrageous regardless of how you attempt cut back.  We're fighting a losing battle :(

Oct 19, 2020 12:28 AM