By JLP | July 15, 2010
Here are 5 energy-saving tips I read this morning in this post.
1. Reconsider that plasma TV.
A typical plasma TV (less than 40 inches) consumes 441 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, according to ACEEE. That translates into about $50 (based on 11.3 cents per kilowatt hour). Next up are TiVo devices at $41 annually, followed by digital cable boxes at $27. Both devices are always fully on because they constantly receive and download data.
Opting for an LCD (liquid crystal display) TV will cost about $8 to operate annually—for an annual savings of about $42 over the plasma. Of course, weigh your decision against the cost of a new TV.
2. Reduce standby power. They recommend buying a power strip and plugging in all your electronic devices into it so that you can easily shut the power off to all of them.
3. Opt for Energy Star-rated electronics.
4. Invest in rechargeable batteries. I’m not sure they really save money. They do at least reduce the number of batteries that end up in the landfill.
5. Replace bulbs with compact fluorescents. I replaced our floodlights with CFL floodlights in the kitchen. The difference in room temperature was amazing!