Great article from Salon.com exposes all the energy sucking appliances that live in your home and cost consumers a reported $7 billion annually to live in stand-by mode.
Microwaves, computers, TV’s and video devices are among the guiltiest culprits. When you leave your computer at the end of a day’s work, do you shut down the computer and monitor? Probably not. When you power off your TV after you’ve reached your reality show fill, is it really off? No. According to Salon, a typical house hosts around 50 electronic devices that could be quelled instead of sneaking dollars out of your wallet.
Instead of waiting for manufacturers to make “greener” devices, start cutting back with what you have now. You can buy smarter outlets and surge protectors that power all your stuff off, even if you forget. Unplug your microwave when you take your food out. Cut back on the number of cable boxes in your home. Even reducing the brightness of your TV or computer monitor can save some serious kilowatts.
Making the habits is the key to saving real energy and money. Like with most worthwhile “green” efforts, the combined effort of all the conscientious consumers is what will begin to make a significant DIFFerence.