Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Energy-Sucking Appliances Siphon $$ from Our Wallets has a great section titled "Transparency" which provides a graphical explanation or exploration of a wide array of subjects in topics as diverse as politics, money, living, health and science. Issue 008 had a great piece under Technology entitled "Vampire Energy" which explained the fact that even when some appliances are turned off they are still drawing electricity (standby mode). The graphic detailed how much these energy-sucking appliances can cost us annually. The numbers ranged from $3.85 for a microwave to $159.76 for a plasma TV. Yikes!

So what can we do? Well, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) had the following energy-saving tips which you can do for free to reduce energy consumption:

1. Unplug seldom used appliances.
2. Use power strips to switch off televisions, home theater equipment, and stereos when you're not using them. Even when you think these products are off, together, their "standby" consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running continuously.
3. Enable the "sleep mode" feature on your computer, allowing it to use less power during periods of inactivity.

Go to the above NRDC link for additional information on steps and tools which can save energy and in turn put money in your pocket. I've found that even the smallest, most inconsequential thing--like changing a light bulb--can make a difference. I've been changing my old light bulbs to compact fluorescents as they burn out and I've already seen a drop in my Con Ed bill.

Every little bit helps. Take the steps to keep those pennies in your piggybank.