So-called “energy vampires” – devices that draw energy even when turned off – cost the average US household around $120 per year. Aside from wasting money, this practice is bad for the environment. To optimize home energy savings, turn off devices such as lamps, overhead lights, and DVD players when they’re not in use. Items that use power adaptors (televisions, DVRs, computers, and game consoles) should be unplugged entirely. Using a central power strip lets you do this with one flip of a switch. Also, be sure to use Energy Star qualified electronics. In the office, business owners can install motion sensors in bathrooms and ask employees to power down work stations at the end of the day.
- When not in use, devices such as lamps, overhead lights, CD players, and DVD players should be turned off.
- Devices with power adaptors – such as TVs, computers, and game consoles – should be unplugged when not in use.
- Use of a central power strip allows you to turn off multiple items with one flip of a switch.
“With so many other things occupying your time throughout the day, you may wonder: is it worth it to turn off and unplug devices on a daily basis, or is the energy savings not worth the trouble?”