Are You Wasting Energy (and Money) Each Month?

Are You Wasting Energy (and Money) Each Month?

No one likes to waste energy, electricity, gas or any other of our natural resources for that matter, but many families aren’t aware of many devices that are leeching electricity and power from our homes on a daily level. While children may be frightened of imaginary monsters hiding in their closets or underneath their beds, adults should be wary of some very real “vampire” gadgets that are gleaning power when they aren’t in use and adding unnecessary costs to energy bills.

As the infographic, “What Uses The Most Energy In Your Home” points out, there are many electronic devices that are still using power even if when they’re not performing their primary function or appear to be shut off. Some of the biggest offenders are cable boxes, computers, printers, DVD players, even the old-school VCR boxes have the potential of sucking valuable electricity when they’re not actually in use.

Electric Vampires Do Come Out During the Day!

While this slow drain of power might not seem like that much on a daily level, according to the Department of Energy, it could represent 10% or more of monthly utility costs. Depending on the total amount of electricity used in one’s home, this unnecessary waste could add up to a substantial amount of money and power wasted over the course of time.

For example, things like computers and game consoles left running for long periods of time when they’re not actually in use, these could add up to more than $100 a year in some cases.

Putting a computer into “hibernation” mode can certainly help, but installing it and all their associative devices (printers, monitors, scanners and speakers) onto a power strip and then shutting them all off, is a much better plan.

It’s also recommended that you unplug some of these devices completely, especially since they’re not actually being used.

While this won’t work for your alarm clock or other timed devices, consider items that are seldom used. Things like televisions or other electronic devices in spare rooms or in rarely used spaces like a basement or garage. There’s no reason that these gadgets can’t have their plugs completely pulled from the wall. Again, even though they’re not operational, actually turned on or being used, they’re still drawing power.

More Ways to Save

There’s actually a laundry list of ways you can carve out more unnecessary costs from utility bills, including, pardon the pun, only running full loads of laundry rather than just a few items. Some other ways to save on rising energy costs include:

  • Installing Eco-Friendly Items That Pay for Themselves { & Over Again! } and lowering temperature settings in the winter and the opposing warmer months will save big. Both of these avenues will cut about 3% of total energy costs for each degree that is altered and the automation that is employed will stop heating and cooling systems from operating while the home is empty.
  • Reducing the setting on hot water heaters to 120 degrees, turning the unit off completely when on vacation or away from home for extended periods of time will make an impact. Adding an inexpensive insulation blanket to this appliance will also cut costs considerably.
  • Air drying things like clothing and dishes, instead of using the electricity cycle that is used on these appliances, will also curb costs.
  • Replacing outdated incandescent bulbs with more efficient LED or fluorescent options is the economic current trend. While these may cost a little more up-front, their long-term savings coupled with an extended life are worth this small, up-front investment.
  • When updating appliances, always look for the Energy Star symbol to ensure you’re getting the most efficient appliance that’s available.
  • Look for rebates, special offers, discounts and other services that may be available from your local utility provider.

The more little methods that consumers use to reduce their power consumption, these small efforts will eventually add up to big amounts, especially over the course of time.

Check out this infographic to see even more ways to save energy and money by finding out what is drawing the most wattage inside your house. Consider ways to stop this needless waste of our natural resources with some of these tips.