Idle Power Mode on Devices & Appliances Is Costing You Money
According to a 2015 research paper published by the National Resource Defense Council, about a quarter of all residential energy consumption is used on devices in idle power mode and there are roughly 50 devices and appliances in the average American household always drawing power. With winter just around the corner, Walking Mountains is bringing you energy savings tips for the entire month of November. This is a great opportunity to reduce your environmental footprint while also saving some serious money. (Source: National Resource Defense Council)
While our tips focus on easy changes that you can make in your home today, we also encourage you to consider larger energy efficiency improvements or projects for your home. If you have any energy efficiency questions or if you would like to schedule an Energy Smart Colorado or CARE income qualified home energy audit through Walking Mountains Science Center, call 970.328.8777 or schedule your assessment below.
Three tips for what you can do to save energy costs:
1.) Switch all of your light bulbs to LEDs. As you have probably heard, switching to LEDs is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money. Also, utilize natural light when available and turn lights off when not you are not home or when rooms are not occupied.
2.) Unplug electronic chargers and small appliances when not in use. Use power strips to plug multiple appliances into for quicker turn off and on. Do not leave electronic devices plugged in overnight or longer than they need to adequately charge.
3.) When upgrading or purchasing new appliances, electronics, light fixtures, and lightbulbs look for ENERGY STAR certified products.