Today's homes are full of gadgets. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the average home has 24 electronic products including three televisions, three phones and two DVD players. While these devices are meant to make our lives easier and more enjoyable, they also do a number on our electric bill. In fact, home electronics make up more than 25% of household electricity use. Plus, they use energy even when they are turned off or in standby mode.
What can you do about power-gobbling gadgets? First, unplug your existing electronic products when you're not using them, or plug them into an advanced power strip that will shut down the power for you.
Second, when you’re shopping for new home electronics, choose ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. They use 60% less energy when turned off compared to standard models, and you’ll still get the quality and performance you expect.
Ready to purchase an electronic device for your home? Find a retailer near you that sells ENERGY STAR qualified products.
Learn how ENERGY STAR can help you save:
Battery Charging Systems & External Power Adapters
Cordless Phones & Answering Machines
Boost your energy savings with these energy-saving tips.