Save energy with FRITZ!

Saving energy is always a hot topic. With the new FRITZ!Box energy-saving mode, the saving already begins. The FRITZ!DECT 200 and 210 smart plugs also help you save energy with helpful measuring features and automated switching schedules. Find out more in this guide.

New energy-saving mode

If you want to reduce your FRITZ!Box's power consumption, you can select the convenient energy-saving mode. This mode combines the energy-saving options that could previously be set separately in the user interface. Under System/Energy Monitor, users can choose between the energy-saving mode and the (preset) balanced mode. In addition, the familiar Wi-Fi schedule has now also been placed here.

Power consumption in standby: Detect it and switch it off

Many devices cannot be switched off completely, they only go into standby mode and consume several watts of electricity – for doing nothing. Many chargers for smartphones, notebooks or e-bikes consume a few watts, even if they're not charging anything.

The problem: The small amounts end up being noticeable in the annual consumption.

The solution: detect phantom consumption with your FRITZ! smart plug and disconnect chargers from the mains with an automatic switch.

Step 1: Measure standby consumption

Plug your FRITZ!DECT 200 or 210 into the wall outlet and connect the device to be checked. Switch on the device and use it for a short time so that your FRITZ!Box can measure the consumption data. With the FRITZ!App Smart Home you monitor the performance in real time.

Now turn off the device and observe the effects on power consumption in the app. If consumption is unexpectedly high, it's a good idea to take measures against standby consumption.

Step 2: Save energy by reducing standby power

Devices can often be configured in such a way that they actually consume less in standby. For example, turn off any quick start options or change the device's power mode. Check the results with the FRITZ!App Smart Home.

With a FRITZ!DECT 200 or 210 smart plug you tackle your standby vampires head on: You can switch off all devices connected to one of the FRITZ! plugs at the touch of a button using the FRITZ!DECT 440, FRITZ!Fon or FRITZ!App Smart Home.

Particularly practical: With "automatic switching" you switch off the power as soon as the current power consumption falls below a certain level. For example, when the charger has finished charging - find out more in our article "Charge your e-bike battery the right way".

Tip: Keep in mind that some devices should not be disconnected from the mains. The best way to turn off your computer is to use the options in the operating system. Another example: Modern OLED TVs use standby times to regenerate the display in order to increase the service life.