Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Green product of the week
You may not think keeping certain things plugged in uses much energy, but I was surprised to find out differently. Cell phone chargers, curling irons, hair dryers, toasters, coffee makers, etc. all suck up electricity when plugged in...even when not in use! The answer to not having to pay for vampire power -- UNPLUG!! It's a bit inconvenient, but we now unplug everything in our kitchen (except the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher). We also started unplugging our clothes washer when we're not using it.
But if you're not a fan of unplugging, buy power strips with off buttons and turn the whole strip off when you're not using the appliances. Or invest in the Belkin "Conserve" strip and just click it off with the remote. Of course, the remote requires batteries, so there is a small trade-off there.
Other things to think about: hibernate your computer/laptop when you walk away for awhile. Turn it off when you won't need it for a longer period of time. Unplug it when you're done for the day, or night.
Unplug clock radios located in guest rooms. Why suck up electricity in rooms where visitors are sporatic?
Everything in the bathroom should be unplugged when not in use -- hair appliances, heaters, electric razors, etc.
Stereos and radios don't need electricity feeding into them when no one's listening to them.
Charging stations. Vampire power loss that's often overlooked.
Teach your children to turn off power strips...but do not encourage them to unplug things, as their little fingers could touch prongs and they could get shocked or burned.
Slay the vampires in your home...and watch your electric bills go down.
Keeping it green,