Do you unplug the toaster, (or other item ), after each use?

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Do you unplug the toaster, (or other item ), after each use?

Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
I was just doing this the other day & my sister made fun of me, especially when I came back for more toast later. I forgot about it until I was doing it again today & I started thinking about it.

I don't see any difference between that & locking my car doors, neither can hurt, but not doing them can potentially leave you open to problems. I also unplug all the small appliances such as my Foodsaver & my stick blender even though they are often out on the counter.

Does anyone else unplug their toaster? How about your coffee machine? Anything else you unplug after every use that many people leave plugged in?
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surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
I was just doing this the other day & my sister made fun of me, especially when I came back for more toast later. I forgot about it until I was doing it again today & I started thinking about it.

I don't see any difference between ...
My mom is big about unplugging everything not only for safety reasons, but because that way, there's no wasted power traveling to the device. The only things that we leave plugged in in the kitchen are the kettle (she makes up to ten cups of tea a day, so it would honestly be pretty cumbersome for her to put that away after every use), the fridge and the stove (for obvious reasons). We don't even leave the DVD player plugged in when we're not watching movies, because it only gets used maybe twice a month. Things like lights stay plugged in, of course - who wants to be fumbling around in the dark to plug them in - but when I'm at home, anything that can be unplugged is. When I'm away at school, I'm much more lazy about it. Even then, though, things that I use less frequently than three times a week are unplugged and put away (I use the toaster most days, so it stays out and plugged in).
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Rossie Rossie
We keep everything plugged in, unless we're away for more than a day.
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Lioncub Lioncub
Kitchen appliances get unplugged and put in the cupboard as we don't have a lot of counter space. Other than that we leave everything plugged in.
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TheirPet TheirPet
I used to when I lived on my own, the TV and such. But in this household it's just too much of a hassle to do it.
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Sera26 Sera26
We leave them plugged in.
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Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by surreptitious
My mom is big about unplugging everything not only for safety reasons, but because that way, there's no wasted power traveling to the device. The only things that we leave plugged in in the kitchen are the kettle (she makes up to ten cups of tea ...
I think I might have too much time on my hands as I unplug that toaster even if I use it everyday

It's nice to know I'm not the only one who unplugs most everything like that!
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surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
I think I might have too much time on my hands as I unplug that toaster even if I use it everyday

It's nice to know I'm not the only one who unplugs most everything like that!
I stopped unplugging my toaster because it was a toaster oven, and the number of times that my roommate turned it on thinking that it was plugged in when it wasn't just got to be too ridiculous. Since I always live with roommates who don't unplug things, it just got to be too difficult.
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LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
I unplug chargers, but not appliances.
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Msmueller Msmueller
I keep the random kitchen appliances unplugged but just about everything else in my house stays plugged in.
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Chelynn67 Chelynn67
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
I was just doing this the other day & my sister made fun of me, especially when I came back for more toast later. I forgot about it until I was doing it again today & I started thinking about it.

I don't see any difference between ...
I don't unplug anything
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quackbuster quackbuster
I leave the toaster oven plugged in, but I do unplug the coffee machine and blender. I also leave my TV and laptop unplugged when I'm not using them.
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Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
We unplug everything in the kitchen except for the microwave. My dad did it when I was growing up and it's a habit that just stuck.
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Martiniman Martiniman
Now that I think about it, it's funny, I don't unplug small appliances, but I do unplug my blender after each use.
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The Vixen The Vixen
I do unplug the toaster most of the time, but I leave my electric tea kettle plugged in. Other than those, I don't have a lot of other kitchen appliances that I use.
I also try to remember to unplug my flat iron when I'm done using it, but I do have a habit of leaving it plugged in (off of course!)
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AmethystQueen AmethystQueen
I try to unplug the toaster when I remember. I'm still not convinced of it's need though. I do it for hubby who says it wastes electricity.
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KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
My mom has the house rule to unplug it. I doubt it saved too much electricity though.
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TJtheMadHatter TJtheMadHatter
I unplug the toaster, because we keep it in the cupboard. I don't unplug anything else. I just make sure everything is turned off before I leave the house. Unless it's the dishwasher, washer, or dryer.
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Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
Thanks everyone for your answers! It's interesting to see that I'm not the only one unplugging stuff, for whatever reason. After further thought, I imagine most unplug their iron after use.

I suppose I could also ask a similar question: Who always turns lights off when leaving a room?
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woodsdragon woodsdragon
We try to keep most appliances unplugged
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hot lil momma hot lil momma
we leave most of the appliances plugged in when we're gone
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Incendiaire Incendiaire
In the UK power sockets have switches on them, so you can turn the power off there if you want to, rather than needing to actually unplug the appliances. I don't really bother to do that either though.
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js250 js250
We keep most items plugged in.
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married with children married with children
I keep everything plugged in.
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GONE! GONE!
I do. I'm scared that, knowing my luck, they'll start a fire while I'm gone if I leave them plugged in.
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Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by Incendiaire
In the UK power sockets have switches on them, so you can turn the power off there if you want to, rather than needing to actually unplug the appliances. I don't really bother to do that either though.
I think that's really cool that you have the option. It would make it easier for breaking the circuit if say an electrical item fell into water. You wouldn't have to touch the cord to unplug it, just flick the switch first, then unplug. I know of some bathroom plugs that work only when the light switch is turned on, but I like the option of all of them having a switch, like you mentioned.
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Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by GONE!
I do. I'm scared that, knowing my luck, they'll start a fire while I'm gone if I leave them plugged in.
Yeah, I agree or that lightening will strike your home & everything plugged in will be toast & possibly start a fire that way. I happened to my mom's good friend. The poor canary they had didn't sing for 2 years after living through that!
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1001 Pleasures 1001 Pleasures
I always unplug my toaster oven, mostly because the cord is always in the way when it's plugged in.
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Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
Thanks everyone for your answers! It's interesting to see that I'm not the only one unplugging stuff, for whatever reason. After further thought, I imagine most unplug their iron after use.

I suppose I could also ask a similar ...
We're all pretty good at that, we always turn the lights off when we leave a room. The only exception is the living room light, I'll turn that one off when I go to bed, because I'm a night owl.
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Cinnyree Cinnyree
I know I should but I am just too lazy
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