Pull the plug and save
Appliances and home electronics make our lives easier and most of us don’t mind paying for the energy when we use them. But what about the energy they consume when we aren’t using them?
Many appliances, VCRs, televisions (especially plasma and LCD sets), stereos, computers, chargers of all kinds and many kitchen appliances consume energy even when they aren’t in use. The U. S. Department of Energy estimates that in the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.
Saving this energy—and some of your energy dollars—is easy. Unplug the appliance. Or, in the case of an entertainment center, put several into a power strip so you can cut the power to the whole system when it’s not in use.
Just how much can you save? Go to www.togetherwesave.com, take the home energy tour and find out how much unplugging appliances and taking other simple energy efficiency measures can save in your home. For additional energy saving measures, visit www.togetherwesaveky.com.
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