According to the Neilsen 56% of all U.S homes have at least one gaming device (Wii, Playstation, X-Box and so on). 80% of all U.S. households have a computer, many of those homes have multiple devices. All this technology uses a large amount of energy (which does impact your power bill), cut the cord for a month and you’ll definitely see a difference in your power bill.
Don’t fret. There are some energy & costs savings tips that won’t get in the way of that important Skype call to Aunt Bertha in Bethesda or a game of Minecraft.
- Screen-savers – While they preserve your monitor, they don’t help your power bill because they use the same amount of energy as when you are using the computer. Update your settings so the screen goes dark when not active for a little while.
- Windows Operating system – Did you know you can adjust the energy saving settings? (Right click on the small battery icon at the bottom right of your screen and select “Power options”.)
- Have and X-Box? Turn it off with the big button in the front. Have a Playstation? Power it down using the switch in the back. Wii users should hold down the power button until the light turns red.
- Printing uses a great deal of energy. Print only what you need…or have it done at FedEx, Staples or OfficeMax.
- Plugs and adapters – If your device has a large plug or adapter it will consume energy even when the device is not attached. Unplug it.
At home, try assigning your children the task (chore can be such a bad word) of trying the tips outlined above. Perhaps reward them with an increase in their allowance…the savings on your power bill will certainly make up the difference.