Unplug your power cords


Turning off electrical devices when they’re not being used is a great way to save on the electric bill, though we seldom think to unplug those same devices. But, the the average American household has 40 products that are constantly plugged in, draining electricity that accounts for as much as 10% of our household energy use. This “phantom power” can cost you over $100 each year and amounts to about 100 billion kWh. That’s more than $10 billion in energy costs every year.

Some appliances, such as refrigerators and alarm clocks, either can’t be turned off or are a pain to reset every time you plug them back in. Most devices, however, can be turned off after use, and using power strips makes this easy to manage. Most power strips stop drawing energy when switched off, even if they’re still plugged in.