Continuing the energy saving theme from last week, this week's tip is about using less electricity with your appliances. We all know that when something is turned on, it uses electricity. But did you know that even an appliance that's turned off (like an LCD TV) can use up to 40% of the energy it uses to fully run? Yup - your TV could be costing you, and the planet, big.
So what can you do? Unplug appliances when you're not using them. Does your TV need to stay plugged in overnight when you're asleep? Does the coffee maker need to be plugged in after you've brewed your morning pot? How about the toaster - if you only have toast on Saturday, does it make sense to leave it plugged in all week? No, no and a great big NO!
At first you might forget, but once you start doing it regularly, it will become a habit. If you have a TV/stereo set up, you can make it a little easier on yourself by plugging the components into a power strip and then just unplugging the power strip at night.
Oh yeah - this goes for cell phone chargers, too. Make it a habit to unplug the charger from the wall when you unplug the phone from the charger. Simple tips that can save you money and, added up over many people, can help us help our planet. Pass it on.