as I found the possibility to disable/enable WiFi in ESPHome I was thinking that this will be a good solution to save energy and minimise WiFi radiation in several places.
In my case it is the first project with a ESP8285 found in a cheap curtain switch SC500W from Ali. After a while to programm it with ESPHome, finally I got it work quiet fine. This curtain relais is controlled by a mechanical push button switch, rf-control and wifi, integrated in HA.
After testing some days and seeing the actor got warmer then expexted, I started to mesure the power consumption.
It uses in power save mode “HIGH” between 7,5 and 10mA while idleing.
Now I thought in some rooms rf-control and pushbuttons is enough and started to turn wifi off, 2min after boot. This works without any problems and after a restart there is wifi for ota etc.
But the consumption in wifi.disable mode is constantly 10mA and never less.
Now my question:
Has got somebody experiences with this and knows if this is normal?
What does the wifi modul do, when its off but uses full amount of power?
Woud be very appreciated for any helpfull hint and thanks in advance.