Are your home devices wasting energy?


The average American household owns 25 electronic devices which can make up 10 to 15 percent of a home’s total energy use. Fortunately, a few simple steps can greatly reduce the amount of energy your devices consume. By decreasing this energy use, you will lower your energy bill and contribute to the region’s efforts of improving air quality.

Reduce your electronic energy use though these five steps:

  • Adjust your computer settings. You could save up to $50 a year by turning on your computers’ power management settings — such as sleep mode — to lower the computer’s power consumption between uses.
  • Adjust your TV settings. Reduce your TV’s energy use by as much as 5 to 20 percent by dimming the screen’s brightness. TVs are set bright for showroom floors, but that level may be inappropriate for your living room.
  • Unplug devices. Even when off, most devices still draw energy when plugged in — up to 75 percent of their total energy use. For instance, a plugged-in cell phone charger still draws energy when it’s not connected to a phone.
  • Use a power strip with an on/off switch. You can easily turn off multiple devices at once by plugging them in to a power strip. Unlike a device plugged directly in to the wall, a power strip draws no energy from the outlet when it’s turned off. Plug in the strip to a light-switch-controlled outlet for easy switching.
  • Purchase efficient devices. When comparing electronic products, learn about the energy uses. For example, a plasma TV will use nearly six times the amount of energy as an LCD TV, and a laptop will use one-third of the energy that a desktop computer uses.
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