40% of energy in your home is used when...

United States
April 22, 2008 11:58pm CST
...your electronics are NOT in use. "...I am also a prodigious computer user, and it looks as if that makes me an energy hog. I started checking how much electricity my electronics were consuming when I wasn’t using them. I used a Kill A Watt EZ energy meter (available online for about $25) and began measuring. My PC was continuously drawing 134 watts all night." Read full article here: http://tinyurl.com/2y9toh I rarely turn off my computer, but I think I am going to start not only turning it off but unplugging it! 40%...?!? WOWSER! I think I will work on getting the tv hooked up to a power strip to shut off, but I won't unplug the satellite receiver or other things that would then need to be reset when plugged back in. (liek alarm clocks). But I bet the I could unplug ALOT of things regardless. Our electric bill is quite high, so it would be nice to help save $, too! I suppose going to bed earlier would help since I wouldn't be using the lights. *sigh* I probably wouldn't use the TV either- I tend to watch it late at night more than in the morning. So, do you unplug your electronics? Do you think you might start?
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@icyorchid (2564)
• United States
24 Apr 08
WOW I don't unplug anything! I will start now though. We need to start to save money ASAP. Now I will unplug the coffee pot, toaster, etc. I don't turn off my computer, but I guess I will start now. I can't unplug it though. If hubby can't sleep, I don't want him to wake me up fussy because the computer was unplugged. Now I will be going through the trailer looking for things to unplug that are not in use. lol My daughter's computer can certainly be turned off. She is never home. lol Boyfriend has laptop, so she uses it.
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
24 Apr 08
At nights and when no one will be at home I unplug the TV and all other electronics except for the refridgerator. Doesnt seem to make a difference to my bill though. I have just concluded that the light and power company charge what they want to charge. That is the view of many persons here because no matter how much you try to implement their energy saving advices the bills keep- going up or remain steady. The last thing I plan on trying is switching to all flouroscent bulbs. One lady at the light and power company and a pamplet they send with our bill says that the candescent bulbs burn as much energy as a refridgerator. I want to see how true that is. (lol)
@subha12 (18453)
• India
23 Apr 08
i think its a really nice post. all should be aware that how the electricity are consumed for no uses at all! we should be conscious. all should know that these are giving rise to global warming.
@Hatley (164506)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Apr 08
hi I turn off both my computer and my monitor as I know it saves electricity too.I do not unplug them as its too much of a hassle for me with only one really good arm. Ihave them on a power strip anyway. And we always shut off any lights we are not using. we have a low cost special bulb in our lamp in the living room that has burned night and day for five years. we also use the same bulbs in our kitchen as they run much less electricity than the ordinary bulbs do.
• United States
23 Apr 08
I have been wondering about this very thing myself. We have three computer in the house that are on nearly 24/7 mine is particularly. Of course I use energy saving settings, but I still wonder how much this is costing over all. I am of the opinion it is better to leave ones computer on especially if you are going to be turning it on and off through out the day and night, that small surge of electricity when starting your computer can after time be tough on it. I have read arguments on both sides, of the issue, I just opt to leave it on. I get up in the middle of the night oten also to sit for a few minutes at my desk and I will check email or come into mylot untill I am ready to go back to bed. But yeah this worries me.