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Are Your Gadgets Sucking Your Wallet Dry?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Your appliances are adding to your energy bill.

We live in a digital age and the vast majority of us rely heavily on numerous technological devices to get us through our days. What we may not realize however is just how much these gadgets cost to run. Companies throughout the United States are finding out that they are wasting millions if not billions of dollars overnight in their companies and consumers face the same problem, even if the cost isn’t quite that high.

The energy drain caused by our gadgets is quite significant and can greatly affect a monthly power bill. Here are some tips to help you reduce your power bills, and keep your gadgets from sucking the life out of your wallet.

1. Turn off your computer at night.

Even though it is convenient to let the computer go into sleep mode, it is still using power, even if it doesn’t look like it. Simply turning off your computer can result in big energy savings, since it is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to energy drain.

2. Turn off your monitor.

In addition to shutting down your computer, it is also very important to turn off your monitor. Once again, we’re dealing with a sleeping issue, but in reality, that monitor is pulling quite a bit of juice throughout the night. Many consider monitors, especially CRT’s to be one of the biggest energy drainers in existence and they can greatly impact how much you spend on your power bill every month.

3. Unplug unnecessary items.

Just because a gadget is off doesn’t mean that it is not using power. It is best to unplug any unnecessary items throughout the night, especially if you have several throughout the house. Take a quick inventory of your home and see just how many different things you have plugged in. The amount may surprise you. Try unplugging a few at first and see just how much money you can save. Chances are you’ll be inspired to unplug the rest.

4. Consider rechargeable batteries.

They may not be on your power bill each month, but many of our devices rely on batteries and it doesn’t take long for the costs to mount up. You may want to consider purchasing a battery recharger to help you lower your reliance on new batteries. The initial cost can easily be paid off in a short time with the money you save on your batteries. For Wii owners, the rechargeable remote stations are a big money saver!

5. Less is more.

If you have a copier, fax machine and printer all plugged in, you’re increasing the amount of energy you’re using without doing a thing. Consider getting an all in one machine that will be more efficient. In addition to saving money on your power bill, you’ll also be able to save some space.

We need our gadgets, and as a result, there is a price to pay. How high that price is will depend on how well you implement energy saving techniques throughout your home.

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