This week we are going to look at five ways to reduce energy costs. Please pass these articles along to neighbours, friends and family. Together we can save money and reduce greenhouse gasses.
No Cost / Low Cost
- Turn off your TV, stereo, DVD player and gaming systems when no one is using them.
- Unplug your home electronics when not in use. 75 per cent of the electricity used to power home electronics is used while the products are turned off but still plugged into the wall.
- Have you ever noticed that a charger or adapter is warm to the touch when it is plugged in, even when it is not charging anything? Many chargers draw at least one watt of electricity all the time. Unplug your charger once they’re done charging.
Save Even More
- When replacing your TV, choose an energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® qualified model. ENERGY STAR® qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units. You can find the on all types of televisions, from standard CRT TVs, to the largest flat-screen plasma television.
- Plug your TV, Stereo, DVD and gaming systems into a power bar that can be shut off, to avoid wasting electricity with the standby power feature. Make sure the power bar provides surge protection
source: Fortis Alberta