How Reducing Your Electricity Bill Can Help the Planet Too

Consumers are creatures of habit and convenience, often preferring to take the easy road instead of the one that’s best for the environment. Yet, what if you could train yourself to make a few small changes and save big on your electricity bill? Would it be worth it to help save billions of watts of electricity consumption in this country alone by making a few small changes in your own daily routine? It’s often hard to keep the big picture in mind when we take small steps in our own lives, but it is the cumulative effect of these changes on a large scale that can make a real difference to our environment.

Stop Paying for Energy You Are Not Using
It seems obvious: Why pay for electricity you don’t use? Yet every day, most of us are paying for appliances that are not being used but are still plugged in. It’s the electricity industry’s dirty little secret: “phantom load.” A couple of watts here or there from your home from appliances that are turned off yet are still plugged in 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and you are paying the price. Multiply this phantom wattage by millions of homes in the United States, and this phantom load translates to a whopping 6 percent of total electricity use nationwide–or billions of dollars in hard cash for electricity companies.

energy savingMusic systems, televisions, computers, DVD players, alarm clocks, and microwaves are the biggest thieves of phantom load. The easiest way to identify these appliances is to look for a cube-shaped transformer near the appliance’s plug. The average household has 25 or more appliances that have phantom surges, using an average of 15-25 watts per appliance. What’s the best way …