In America power is relatively cheap compared to the rest of the world and that is both a blessing and a curse. Yes cheap power is great for our wallets but many of the electrically powered items in our homes have developed into energy hogs including some things you wouldn’t expect. When it comes to going green, the cleanest unit of energy is one that isn’t used in the first place. National Geographic has a great piece on some household items that use up much more power than you think and addressing them can save your wallet hundreds and the planet some extra greenhouse gas emissions:
Set-Top Boxes – Consider this another reason to be a cable-cutter. Those cable boxes are much more than just a clock even when you supposedly turn them off. Those things are always running on their full power requirements doing things like communicating with streaming content and recording your favorite shows even when you’re not watching. Cutting cable out completely will save you much more than just the monthly subscription fees for the hundreds of channels you don’t watch.
Furnace Fans – These are the fans in your house that circulate warm air in you house in the winter and cool air in the summer if you have central air. Unfortunately, many of these fans aren’t very energy efficient and are on a lot. In many households these fans eat up twice or three times as much power as a standard refrigerator. There are now more efficient models on the market that work with most furnaces that use about 60 percent less energy.
Battery Chargers – Think of all of the toys we like to enjoy like smartphones, laptops, and tablets. They’re all battery powered and need to be recharged on a regular basis. Unfortunately, when the chargers themselves aren’t charging your electronics, they are still using electricity. Standards are being developed to make them more efficient but you can still save yourself a few bucks by unplugging your chargers when they’re not charging anything.
Microwaves – Sure they eat up energy when you’re nuking something with it but 99 percent of the time the microwave is just sitting there being a clock and being ready at any moment to heat up some food for you. The average microwave uses up 36 kilowatt hours of energy per year just sitting there. If you don’t use your microwave very often consider unplugging it or switching up to a newer, more efficient model.
Game Consoles – The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (and the PS4 and the Xbox One) are incredibly powerful computers that can play games with nearly lifelike graphics. They also eat up a ton of power when they’re in use. When they are switched off into a standby mode they barely use any energy but the problem is that many gamers don’t turn them off when they’re not in use. The newer versions of the consoles are designed to switch off after a certain amount of time spent idle but older models will stay on indefinitely unless you change their settings. Remember that the $400 price tag for the consoles and the $60 price tag per game is not the entire cost of your gaming experience.
Pool Pumps – This is one of the hidden expenses of owning a pool. Many pools have pumps that only operate at one maximum speed only even when it doesn’t need to be. Get a multi-speed pump for your pool and run it on the lowest setting when the pool isn’t in use. By doing this you can use about 80 percent less energy and save thousands of dollars in electric bills over the lifetime of the pump.
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