Energy Waste: What is it Costing You? October 15, 2008Posted by Tom in Energy costs, energy savings.
Tags: Appliances, Electricity, energy, Energy costs, energy savings, Standby energy
While many are jumping on the green bandwagon faster than you can say, “Green is the new black,” others are waiting for a more imminent reason to change their familiar lifestyles.
But how much is it really costing us to ignore the issues? Old, energy inefficient appliances can waste 50 percent more energy and water than new Energy Star-labeled products. That can add up to over $100 a year of wasted energy per household.
And on top of that, there are the vampires. The energy vampires, that is – common household appliances such as computers and cell phone chargers that silently suck energy while not even in use. Good Magazine created this neat chart showing various appliances, how much electricity they use and how much they cost owners annually. Good Magazine also estimates that vampire energy costs U.S. consumers about $3 billion a year. While some appliances must remain plugged-in throughout the day, things like radios and curling irons do not.
An easy way to keep the vampires away is to plug multiple appliances into one power strip, and simply unplug the strip rather than have to deal with all of those extra wires and plugs.
As we face economic and environmental crises, it’s important to remember that even the smallest efforts help in a big way. While many are looking for breaks from corporations or the government, there are plenty of savings to be had within our own homes, for those who know where to look.