Compared to the energy consumption of some other home systems like your furnace, standby energy is relatively minor; however, taking action to control how much standby power is consumed can net you some real savings in energy dollars over the course of a year.
The problem with energy vampires
There are likely many types of equipment, appliances and electronics around your home that offer convenient features, but all this technology requires power. Throughout America, standby power consumes electricity that, when combined, is estimated to consume $10 billion every year, using more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of electricity.
Some of the most common energy vampires include:
- Devices that offer remote control, like DVD players and DVRs
- Coffeemakers, ovens and microwaves that offer a clock feature
- Entertainment devices with timers
- Electronics that go into standby mode
- Cell phone chargers
Limiting standby energy
Taking a multi-pronged approach to saving energy can help to severely limit standby energy. Here are several tips to help you reduce your home’s energy usage:
- Buy appliances with the Energy Star label. Energy Star-qualified equipment achieves this coveted status because they consume less energy than standard counterparts, so buying Energy Star-rated equipment whenever possible will help you save.
- Use the right settings. Computers and monitors consume energy even if you’re not actively using them. Turn on the power-management settings so that the devices move to power-saving mode after a few minutes of being idle.
- Charge the right way. Purchase green chargers that automatically shut off power once a device is fully charged.
- Use power strips. Plug devices into power strips, so you can easily turn them off by flipping one switch.
Give energy vampires the boot once and for all and take action to limit the electricity they consume. For more expert advice about home energy savings, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today. We proudly serve homeowners throughout Grand Traverse County and the five surrounding counties.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy vampires and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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