UNPLUGGING your appliances can easily shave hundreds of dollars off your bills.
Homeowners and renters may have noticed increases in their electricity bills as the price of natural gas spikes. Rubber Shock Absorber
While this may bring on added stress to your household, simply unplugging used appliances will likely stop the surges.
Electronics or appliances have what's called "vampire energy" or "phantom loads" and can tack hundreds of dollars onto your bill.
This is because if appliances are still plugged in but turned off, they still use energy.
Appliances like televisions, lamps, chargers, or computers tend to be big culprits.
According to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans spend nearly $19billion a year on inactive devices.
The study found that households lose up to $165 per year when all they need to do is unplug.
Below, we've compiled a list of devices sucking up the most energy when plugged in.
Computers typically have three modes: idle, asleep, or off.
However, they all have one thing in common - running up your electric bill.
When a computer is on idle, it may cost you an extra $82.21 per year, according to data provided by SaveOnEnergy.
If the device is on asleep, users could spend $23.48.
And if the computer is off, households will spend roughly $3 a year.
By properly turning off your computer and monitor, and keeping your printer unplugged, you may save around $25 per year.
Just note that some devices like routers should stay on even when not in use to ensure reliable connection during active hours.
While a TV might not be breaking the bank when plugged in, it’s the add-ons connected that tack money onto your bill.
Additionally, older, bigger TVs tend to drain more phantom power than smaller ones.
Those with a cable box and audio or speaker systems are likely losing $10 annually while it’s turned off.
However, it's the DVR that can drain up to $30 worth of electricity each year.
Gaming consoles draw power while turned off too, and can cost you a few dollars per system over a year.
To reduce your bill by $20 to $70, it may be wise to unplug and not just click off your entertainment systems.
You might also want to consider getting a surge protector to manage and eliminate multiple loads by flipping one switch.
This may be a small device, but its impact is big.
As the average American spends nearly 10 hours a day on their devices, keeping them all charged is a huge energy waster.
Chargers that power things like cell phones, power tools, and MP3 players can cost households extra.
If you have multiple devices on the hook or live with others, the costs can stack quickly while the effort it takes to pull some plugs is minimal.
So many of us may have heard to turn off the lights when leaving a room as a child - and it turns out it works.
Firstly, it's a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.
Additionally, turning your lights off increases the life of your bulbs, which overall lowers costs.
The amount residents can save really depends on the type of bulbs chosen as the savings come from the wattage.
We'll use a 40-watt bulb for example.
If you pay an electricity rate of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), you could save 0.4 cents by turning off your light bulb for an hour.
It may not seem like very much savings, but if you have higher wattages and lots of light bulbs, turning them off can be a huge money saver.
Hundred of thousands of Americans may see $51.3million in utility debt erased.
Plus, residents will score direct payments of $450 for energy relief.
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