Do Plug-in Air Fresheners Save Energy?

Towel on towel rack next to air freshener in an outlet
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  • Beginner
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What You'll Need
Plug-in Air Freshener(s)
Wall Outlet(s)
A Smelly Room or Rooms

Many times people will try to find ways to save energy so that they can protect the planet, and hopefully, even save a little money in the bargain. A plug-in air freshener is often seen as a complete waste of electricity because it consumes electrical power that wouldn't otherwise be used. However, there are some important benefits that plug-in air fresheners can offer you that you will want to consider.


Unlike normal air fresheners which must be thrown away when the aroma fades, these air fresheners can be re-filled with new fresheners. New pods and bottles can be inserted into the air freshener to continue using the same air freshener. This means that less waste is required.


A lot of these types of air fresheners will use sensors that allow the unit to only spray the air freshener after a certain interval of time. This means that they aren't continually using a large amount of electricity, only a tiny amount every now and then as needed. They are actually quite efficient, and they only require very small amounts of energy to operate properly.

You will not notice any increase or decrease in your monthly electric bill. The real savings are derived from the fact that they do not have to be replaced, and they can be reused many times over the typical lifespan of a plug-in unit.