5 Ways to Stop Standby Power Loss

These are small steps from Natural Home Magazine that will make a big difference on your electric bills.

1.  Next time you’re on the market for any of these items, buy Energy Star computers, appliances and power adaptors, which can consume half the electricity of standard models.  For a list of products, visit www.EnergyStar.gov.  Please note: not all Energy Star products are alike!  Their energy (and water) usages vary widely, so be sure to read the fine print.

2.  Fully shut down your printer and computer when not in use.  “Sleep” mode still uses standby energy.  Plug them into an easy-to-reach power strip so you only have to do it once.  P.S. Laptops are much more energy efficient than desktop computers.

3.  Reduce how many phones, chargers, and remote controls you have in your house.

4.  Unplug stuff you don’t use.  For instance, I don’t use my coffeemaker, microwave, or toaster oven every day, so they stay unplugged until they’re used.

5.  Unplug the charger.  Remove battery -powered rechargeable devices from their docks when fully charged.

Why does this matter? Consider this: The average U.S. household contains two TV’s, a VCR, a DVD player and three telephones.  If all Americans exchanged these for Energy Star models, greenhouse gas emissions would decrease by 25 billion pounds.  That’s like taking 3 million cars off the road!

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