The news tonight let Nebraskans know that our natural gas bill will be decreased 20% in the next year. In the same breath the newsperson said our electric bills were going up nearly $9. per month. Good for us we have gas heat, but we still run a lot of stuff on electrity, like the $tove and dryer. I found some money-$aving tip$ today.
All those gadgets you leave plugged in all day co$t you--even when they’re not in use. Standby energy use accounts for 5% to 10% of all home energy consumption and costs the average household $125 a year, says Ronnie Kweller, a spokeswoman with the Alliance to Save Energy. Understandably, there are some items that are just too annoying to unplug all the time, including cable boxes, microwaves and other appliances with clocks. Plug other items that you use frequently, such as your computer or television, into a power strip that can be switched off before you leave the house.
Leaving your cell phone charger plugged in all the time uses electricity! This was a wake up call for me. We have three in our house, four if Elijah's using the one for the phone he plays with. I suppose my camera cord takes power, too then? Ugh.
One other helpful hint: Enable your computer’s “sleep mode” rather than letting it go to a screen saver. That small gesture can save up to $75 a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
For ways to reduce the power drain of commonly-used gadgets, read the story here.