Unplug Your Appliances And Save Money

by Pam on October 3, 2011

Apparently even when your appliances are turned off, many of them are continuously drawing power and costing you money.  Home electronics, in particular, are supposed to be big energy wasters.  By getting into the habit of unplugging electronics and other appliances when you are not using them, you can benefit by saving big on your electricity bill.

When I was a child, my father would endlessly have to remind me to turn the lights off when I left a room.  He would repeatedly ask me: “Is someone reading in there?”, referring to the room I had just vacated.  It used to drive me crazy, but his tactics were successful as I am always very conscious now of making sure the lights are turned off whenever I leave a room.

Unplugging your appliances is a step beyond just turning off the lights, however, and this is something I regrettably admit is much more difficult for me.  I never think to unplug things after I have used them.  As North Americans we could easily have more than 20 of these energy wasters plugged in at any one time.  I never unplug my toaster, my radio, my computer, my TV, etc.  This is definitely going to be a challenge but it’s supposed to be worth it.

If you want more details on the true cost of keeping all your appliances plugged in all the time, check out the globeinvestor.com article entitled “Pulling The Plug On Phantom Power Can Save Hundreds.”


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