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Stop Electricity Leaks

September 11, 2009 • Paige

Many devices in your home use a small amount of electricity even when they are turned off. Your VCR and microwave draw power continuously for the time display. Does your coffee maker have a clock or a timer?

Go around your home and make a list of the devices or appliances that have a clock or digital display on them. Each one is using 3 to 5 watts of electricity. You may be surprised to find out how much electricity is flowing out of your wall sockets day and night.

There is practically no reason why you shouldn’t unplug most of these devices while you are not using them. My VCR takes about two seconds to reorient itself when I plug it back in, but that is a small trade so that it is not “leaking” electricity the other 23 hours of the day I’m not using it. Instead of leaving your coffee maker in automatic timer mode all night, just turn the power on when you wake up.

Getting rid of electricity “leaks” in your home won’t save you hundreds of dollars, but taking the time to evaluate areas of waste will definitely add up.

Categories: Being Frugal
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