The Hidden Costs of Home Ownership (Part 5): Appliances and Electronics
"Appliances and electronics have come a long way in terms of energy efficiency. But are yours a secret energy drain? Learn how to save energy (and money).
You’ve sealed drafts, checked your home’s insulation, inspected and repaired your HVAC equipment, andreplaced your lighting with energy-efficient bulbs. Now what’s left to do? Just one thing: reduce your household electricity usage.
- Inspect appliances to estimate their energy efficiency. Energy.gov has a tool to help you get started.
- For household electronics, consider these tips to reduce costs and usage:
a. Unplug electronics (coffee makers, toasters, etc.) when they aren’t in use since they can pull energy even when turned off.
b. Utilize electronics only when needed. Install timers or smart plugs to automatically turn off devices you don’t need at certain times of day.
c. Consider replacing old electronics with more energy-efficient models."