Consider unplugging appliances that are not in use to save them from draining energy. Also unplug cell phone, ipod, and computer chargers when not in use, as these liberally drain energy from your home as well.
Carbon Savings: 1,000 pounds of CO2 each year.
Unplug in groups of similar appliances, such as the television, VHS player, and DVD player, into a surge protector. When you are not using the appliances, simply turn the surge protector off. This works well for entertainment systems or for a computer and its associated printers, scanners peripherals.
printers are one of the big energy wasters, some of them drawing 11.5
watts when idling. Some TVs and video cassette recorders draw almost as
much, while set-top cable boxes can draw twice that: the most wasteful
Ross found drew 23 watts when the box was off.
of the biggest energy gobblers are the transformers that continuously
recharge your cell phone, power your computer peripherals and keep your
Game Boy ready for use. Keem them unplugged, even when no divise is plugged into them. Personal video recorders
meant to replace VCRs, can draw 50 watts when plugged in yet "off".
A recent study by students and scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) shows that the average California home pays between $50 and $70 every year to keep those little red lights burning, the clocks ticking and the electronics humming while the appliances go unused. Eliminating this standby or "leaking" electricity could save households between six and 26 percent on their average monthly electricity bill, the study found.