If you are concerned about your rising electricity bills and you want to take control of them, then the first thing you must do is find out how much electricity each of the devices in your home is consuming.  Then you can estimate what it is costing you to operate over the year and whether or not it is worth unplugging it when it is not in use to save some of your after-tax earnings.

A quick way to do this is to buy an inexpensive electricity watt usage monitor that will do the job for you. You just have to program it with your specific information (e.g. what you pay per kWh in your location) and plug in your device and get the read out.

You can order these on-line.  Here are examples of the devices.  See also here and here.

You also might want to check out the Sydney Morning Herald (Saving energy, unplug the beer fridge) as well as our previous post Average Watts Used in “Off” Mode – for the energy conservationist

You can read more about saving energy at home here.

See also TechJournal‘s article revealing that consumer electronics account for 13% of electricity usage in US homes.

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