Savings add up when you unplug or use smart strips
It’s easy to lose track of what’s plugged in at home. A fan in the attic, a baby monitor that fell behind the dresser, multiple plugged-in cell phone chargers ….
In our recent study, these items are examples of what our customers found plugged in that didn’t need to be.
The problem is, if they’re plugged in, they are using electricity, even if they are turned off or in standby mode. As a group, these items waste a lot of energy.
Our new studies show the electricity powering these items add:
- Up to 9% of your electricity use.
- Up to $90 per household per year, nearly one month’s typical electricity bill.
The solution? Check your outlets and selectively shut down unused, always-on devices like cell phone chargers or videogame systems.
You can cut back that usage in several ways.
- Conduct a walk-through to check every outlet in the house. Don’t forget the basement, attic and garage. Unplug items you’re not using.
- Use smart power strips for a set-and-forget solution. They detect when a device goes into stand-by mode and cut electricity automatically.
Some smart power strips have two options:
- One for plugs that stay on, so devices like cable or satellite TV boxes keep their settings; and
- One for plugs that automatically shut off when devices are not being used, for things like phone chargers or game consoles.
This is a great time to consider other ways to save energy and money. Start by replacing incandescent lights with LED lights and upgrade inefficient refrigerators to ENERGY STAR models. These efforts could save another 5% on a typical customer’s electric bill.