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Power Management

Save energy and money with power management tools

Did you know that you are still paying for the energy that your electronics and appliances use even when they are turned off? The good news is that you can save energy and money with these power management tools:

Advanced Power Strip

An advanced power strip centralizes and manages the power that your electronics and appliances use by shutting off stand-by or “vampire load” that is consumed when those electronics and appliances are turned off. This simple, affordable device is a smarter version of the traditional power strip. When you plug in, for example, your television, DVD player, home stereo and gaming consoles into an advanced power strip, you can cut the power to all these products whenever you turn off your TV.

advanced power strips

Setting up your advanced power strip is easy. Do you have a clock, cable box or other product that you need to have on all the time? Simply plug it into the “always on” outlet on the advanced power strip. Then plug in a product that you switch on and off, like a television or computer, into the “control” outlet. Any accessories that you use with your television and computer can be plugged into the remaining outlets on the strip. Whenever you turn your TV or computer on or off, the accessories will power up or down at the same time.

Advanced power strips offer a variety of features. Visit a retailer near you to find one that fits your needs.

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Timers & Switches

programmable switches

Use timers, switches and other devices to automatically start or stop appliances, lighting and home office equipment. You can find timers in a variety of types and prices at a retailer near you.

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Programmable Thermostat

programmable thermostat

What's the easiest way to save more than $200 on your energy bill without sacrificing comfort? Install and properly use a programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat offers pre-programmed and customized settings to regulate your home's temperature when you are home, asleep or away. You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you're awake and setting it lower while you're asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill -- a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long. The percentage of savings from setback is greater for buildings in milder climates than for those in more severe climates.

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Energy Monitor

energy monitor

Educating yourself about your home's energy usage is the first step to reducing energy use and costs. Energy monitors can help you identify how much energy you use. By conducting a self-audit with an energy monitor, you'll quickly learn what's happening in your home and how you can become more efficient. You can monitor an individual outlet or your entire home with an energy or power monitor. Plug in an energy monitor into an outlet, along with a product or appliance plugged into the same outlet, in order to see how much power it uses when it's on, off or in standby. For example, you may be surprised to learn how much power your coffee maker uses while you're at work. An energy monitor can help you uncover opportunities to save energy, and you'll realize those savings when you take action and unplug or turn off products when you're not using them.

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Home Automation

home area network

Want to take your energy-saving efforts to the next level? Install a home area network (HAN) which tracks the energy consumption of all products in your home. Installed HANs connect to your utility meter or circuit box. This will provide information on your home's energy consumption and give you the flexibility to switch off products, appliances and lighting for the most savings.

Building a new home? You can improve its efficiency and safety by installing a home automation system. These systems integrate electrical devices with each other, allowing you to control lighting, appliances, electronics and security systems remotely or automatically. Talk to your builder, electrician or certified installer to select the system that best meets your needs. Also ask about applications for existing homes.

Boost your energy savings with these energy-saving tips.

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Last Updated: 02/04/2014