Tip for Simple Living: Unplug Appliances

October 7, 2010

Avoid phantom energy: unplug your appliances. Did you know that your TV, your microwave, and even your phone charger still use electricity even when not in use? It’s true. Phantom energy accounts for nearly 10% of your total electricity usage. Cut out that energy use (that you don’t even really use anyway), and the savings will get you, essentially, a month of free electricity.  Oh yeah, it also uses less electricity, which means that the power plant supplying electricity to your home is burning less fossil fuel (if your electricity is generated from a renewable source, I’m jealous).

For appliances located close to each other, plug them into a power strip, and just turn the power strip off. For others, you might just have to start a habit of unplugging them when you’re done. It’s just about the easiest thing you can do to save money and cut your electricity usage.

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