Keep your household unplugged to save energy and money

According to the United States Department of Energy, the average American family has, at any given time, 40 household appliances that are plugged in and not being used. Everybody falls into this bad habit, using something and then walking away from it, not detaching the power cord from the wall. This is bad not only for your bank account, but also for the environment.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average family spends nearly $2,000 a year on energy costs. Anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of this is used up by appliances and other machines that are always unnecessarily plugged in, a huge amount of money for any household. In order to stop throwing this money away, it is important to assess your power consumption habits.

Here are a few items that are commonly left plugged in at all times that should not be:

  • Cell phones
  • Coffee makers
  • Desktop computers
  • DVD and CD players
  • Laptops
  • Radios
  • Televisions
  • Toasters

If you recognize any of the items from that list as one of the ones in your own home that is always attached to an outlet, it is time to reassess your energy habits. This is the perfect time of year to do so, as the hot summer months generally lead to families turning on their air conditioning units to cool the house at all hours of the day and night. With this added energy expense, you do not want to be wasting money where you do not need to be.

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