It may be shocking to realize how many gadgets the average household uses. From computers to cell phones, consumers continue to incorporate more and more gadgets into their lifestyles, resulting in considerable waste from one perspective or another. According to online averages found in the link above, households typically have at least one computer, two televisions, three rechargeable electronic devices, and spend around $100 annually on them during times when they’re not being directly used. This leaves consumers scratching their heads at ways to save on energy at home and contemplating whether or not unplugging can noticeably improve electricity bills.
One recognizable logo is the Energy Star product label. Gadgets earn the Energy Star credential when they are deemed to successfully deliver necessary features to consumers, in addition to providing increased energy efficiency. Energy Star products include audio or video electronics, cordless phones, cable boxes, televisions, computers, displays and everything from appliances to building products. Computers are a good example, these machines use a lot of energy so investing in models that utilize less electricity overall may be a smart move however, consumers are then left with a decision to either spend more up-front to replace existing technology, or work with what they have to improve their current gadget efficiency as it stands.
Improving Electricity Bills
The good news is, that improving upon electricity bills is easily doable and can be achieved either through replacing old devices or improving the way that devices are managed when not in use. Literally unplugging devices minimizes energy waste considerably and diminishes “phantom load” that households routinely pay for without even noticing. Taking control of this situation not only saves consumers dollars every month, it helps gadgets last longer too. The best way to improve electricity bills is by:
Grouping similar electronics together on power strips that can be “turned-off” when not in use;
Physically “unplugging” anything not in use, such as lights;
Manually turning off monitors or assigning sleep-mode at the 20-minute mark, in lieu of screen-savers;
Unplugging any chargers when not connected to a device; and
Purchasing Energy Star products whenever possible.
Taking the average household from an infinite gadget galaxy to a resourceful, conscientious one, can become automatic with the right resources and routine in place. Recognizing that total household energy consumption is allocated routinely to inactive video games means considering that equipment like docking stations, DVD players and even digital photo-frames can also make energy expenses higher than they truly need to be. Approaching the topics of energy consumption, electricity costs and being thoughtful about which gadgets are actually worthwhile can help households pare down and save money, if only to buy the next latest-greatest gadgets. Since technology will continue to provide us with more features, greater gadget-capacity and intriguing ways to manage life day-in and day-out, it is unimaginable to surpass the temptation of acquiring better instead of more products. The upside to gadgets and paying for them, is that they allow humans to be efficient, be connected and be smart when it comes to running their households.