Electricity is a constant necessity in today’s world. You probably have devices plugged in all over your home that aren’t in use from countertop appliances to phone chargers. Even though these devices are “out of sight and out of mind,” they slowly consume energy and increase your monthly power bills even when you’re not using them.
Most homeowners are constantly wasting electricity in their houses in small increments with all the appliances and devices they have plugged in. Here at Sims Electrical, Plumbing, & Mechanical, we can help you with energy-saving tips.
How Much Can You Save By Unplugging Your Appliances?
Saving money will depend on how many appliances you have in your house. Generally speaking, unplugging devices that aren’t in use can save you approximately $100 to $200 annually according to the United States Department of Energy. In fact, the average annual cost of powering just one single watt of electricity is $1. Multiply that figure by the number of appliances you currently have plugged in somewhere in your house, and you’ll see just how quickly energy costs can add up.
Which Appliances Should You Unplug?
There are quite a few household appliances that you should unplug if you want to save money on your electric bill. Some of them are quite common in most households, including:
- Coffeemakers, although they don’t draw very much power, do use up electricity for their digital displays even when they’re not in use.
- Computers/laptops that are plugged in overnight to charge could be wasting significant electricity because the power cord continues to draw energy.
- Lamps waste electricity when plugged in, even if they’re turned off.
- Microwaves also have digital displays that draw power 24/7.
- Phones can waste power when charging, so don’t leave your phone plugged in overnight to charge because, even when it gets fully charged, it will continue to draw electricity and increase your electric bill.
- Stereos and just about any kind of stereo equipment will continue drawing power as long as they remain plugged in, even if they’re not in use.
- TVs continue consuming power even when turned off, although newer LED-lit models use less electricity than older ones. You should either unplug them or, better yet, buy a surge protector for blocking the flow of electricity.
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Evansville, IN, is located on the Ohio River and well-known for being the home of the very first casino in the state, Bally’s Evansville, as well as the Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Gardens. The cost of living is 10% lower than the national average; however, utilities are approximately 14% higher. So, if you want to know more about how unplugging your household appliances can save you money, then contact us for access to our expertise in all things involving electrical services.