Know How You Use Appliances & Electronic Devices

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Knowing what appliances and electronics you use on a daily basis and how much energy they use can help you make smart decisions in the home. This Department of Energy appliance energy use chart, notes the power it takes to run your appliances and electronic devices. 

  • Know Your Appliances: A power meter can help you find the leading sources of energy consumption in your home. Two models to look for are the Kill A Watt™ and the Watts Up? Pro Power Meter. Plug the power meter in between an appliance or electronic device and the wall socket to see how much electricity it is using. This exercise will help you decide which devices to unplug, keep on, or replace. Even if they are turned off, your appliances and electronic devices still draw standby power from the wall and that can cost you up to $100 a year. Learn more about avoiding standby power.
  • Take Advantage of Energy Tracking Tools: Utility providers are working to improve information available to customers regarding their personal energy use.  New developments and tools like Green Button and home energy dashboards can offer you a detailed picture of your home’s real time energy use. These apps break down your energy use over time and sometimes by activity, so you are better informed about where your energy goes and how you can change your habits to save money. Visit http://appsforenergy.challenge.gov/ to find different energy saving apps to download and track use over time, your energy habits and consumption.
  • Consider Time-of-Use Pricing Opportunities: Some utilities will charge less for non-peak energy use, which means you may want to do your laundry and other energy-intensive activities at a time incentivized by the utility. Visit your local utility provider’s website to find out if you are eligible for these sorts of incentives.