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Electronics Tips

The energy used by home electronics left on or in standby mode can add up on your energy bill.

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We've all become accustomed to the electronics we use every day. And, even though it might not seem like they use a lot of electricity, being a little smarter about the use of electronics in your home can make a difference.

Computers

When should you shut off your computer? Here are some guidelines:

  • Turn off the monitor if you aren't going to use your computer for more than 20 minutes.
  • Turn off both your computer and monitor if you're not going to use them for two hours or more.
  • Make sure monitors, printers and other accessories are on a power strip or surge protector so you can turn the power off. Equipment like that can still draw power even when shut off. If you don't use a power strip, unplug extra equipment when it's not in use.
  • Screen savers are not energy savers. In fact, modern LCD color monitors don’t need screen savers at all.
  • Using your computer’s sleep mode and power management feature can save up to $30 a year.
  • Turning modern computers on and off doesn’t affect their “useful” life. In fact, the less a computer is on, the longer it can last.

Standby Power

Standby power, often called ”energy vampires” are items that continue to use electricity even when turned off or idle – like that phone charger that stays plugged in. The average household spends $100 per year to power devices that in standby mode or off.

Common Energy Vampires

icons: hair dryer, curling iron, coffee maker, computer, television, electric trimmer, fan, blender, printer, video game console, cable box

  • If you left your cable or satellite box (with DVR capabilities) plugged in and didn't turn it on for a year the cost would be nearly $45.
  • The average household spends $100 a year to power devices that are in stand-by mode or off.

Plugging items like these into power strips that can be turned off can save more than you think.

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