Did you know that an old refrigerator can consume up to $20 of your family’s monthly budget? Or that an entertainment system on standby costs $5, and a tiny MR16 bulb, if left on, consumes $10 of energy each month? Notably, most homes’ biggest energy wasters are TVs and entertainment components, office equipment, and rechargeable devices such as cordless phones, cell phones, and other electronics.
Considering that the data above is an accurate portrayal of most homes in established countries, it’s no wonder the average U.S. household’s annual energy costs exceed $2000. So where does your family stand to save?
Once you know where you’re using the most electricity, the following tips will help you continue to conserve energy—and save money.