Little-known household energy drains

When it comes to making your home more energy efficient, there are some fairly obvious steps one can take to ensure better power conservation and the cheaper utility bills that go with it: Turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms, don't leave the air conditioning running if you're not home and seal your windows with weather stripping. But there some less-than-obvious sources of energy consumption around the average home, ones that can contribute heavily to your electricity expenses. 

National Geographic has identified a few of these common household energy hogs, including:

  • Cable boxes: Even when your TV is off, these little boxes aren't just displaying a clock. These mini-computers put in a lot of overtime, communicating with other devices, recording shows as per DVR instructions and so forth. All of this work requires significant amounts of energy.
  • Chargers: More smartphones in the hands of Americans means more battery chargers, which contributes to as much as $1 billion in annual electricity costs.
  • Game consoles: While systems like the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 can be switched off, many gamers simply leave them on after they've shut their TV off – which can rack up hundreds of dollars in energy expenses. That kind of consumption greatly increases if they're used to stream movies and TV shows.

The problem with these devices is that truly efficient versions simply don't exist – at least not yet. To compensate, you may have to make up the difference in other ways. For example, consider tinting your windows with energy saving window film, to absorb sunlight hitting your home and better improve household temperature regulation. Contact R and J Tinting today for more information on how new residential window tinting can save you on energy costs.