- by C.C.
Make sure appliances are really off
Many people don’t realize it, but just turning various appliances and electronic items “off” doesn’t always stop them from drawing energy – that you keep paying for. Thus, if you can really turn off things that you’re not using, you can save power – and money. How much? Well, the Department of Energy has estimated that electronic or electric items plugged in 24 hours per day are responsible for between about 5% and 10% of the typical electric bill, and that it costs the typical household about $100 per year. That’s $1,000 over a decade from things that you thought you’d turned off!
A good solution: Buy a few power strips or surge suppressors and plug into them items such as televisions, computers, printers, DVD players, modems, cable boxes, and so on. Then you can easily turn a bunch of items on and off with the power strip’s on/off switch.