Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Unplug Energy Vampires


Unplug Energy Vampires

Action: Unplug DVD player while not in use.
Think about how often your DVD player is technically on, but not playing a movie. All that time, it is using energy, just like many other appliances do in sleep mode. Your DVD player belongs to a class of appliances that draw “standby power” even when they are supposedly not in use.

A surprisingly large number of electrical products — TVs to microwave ovens to air conditioners — cannot be switched off completely without being unplugged.  A great place to start is keeping your DVD player unplugged while you are asleep or at work. There’s no need for your DVD player to draw energy when you know you won’t be using it!

Online Tool:
Want to learn more about the energy vampires in your home? Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s website provides a brief guide to measuring your home’s standby power use.

By taking this action you can save approximately 45 kWh in a year.  Learn more about our assumptions in the Year of Action.

Take this action now on your individualized My Savings page. (You must be logged in to Jewcology to access this page.  Not yet a member?  It's free and easy to join!)

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