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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.

energy management tips


You can reduce your power consumption and lower your monthly bills byidentifying
energy-draining electronic devices and making simple adjustments.

What are your waste hot spots?

  • Reheat food in microwave only once
  • Unplug Toaster
  • Unplug Coffee Maker
  • Unplug appliances like juicers, blenders, griddles
  • Make sure refrigerator door is closed
  • Make sure appliances are high efficiency

  • Switch to high efficiency light bulbs
  • Don't overchange electronic devices
  • Make sure devices are in sleep mode when not in use
  • Turn lamps off when not in the office
  • Turn off power strips when not in the office

  • Change to higher efficiency CFL light bulbs in lamps
  • Unplug devices when not in use or fully charged
  • Turn off lamps when you leave the room
  • Turn off power strips
  • Dry clothes outside in the summer time

  • Use solar powered lighting
  • Set timer on lights if you know you won't be home to turn them off

Ready.gov Energy.gov

Energy costs are on the rise, but when informed consumers make smarter choices, it is possible to conserve resources and stretch your household budget, without negatively impacting your family’s quality of life.

helpful resources

EIA.gov/kids Energystar.gov

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