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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Greetings Thrifty Friends,

It is estimated that "always on" electrical appliances and electronic devices in standby or sleep modes cost the average U.S. household between $165 and $400 per year.

Some devices, like your refrigerator, need to be plugged in all the time, but what about the rest of them?

Keep pinchin' those pennies,

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The number of electronics and appliances in American homes and offices that have stand-by modes, always on displays and controls, or devices are connected to the Internet 24/7, has proliferated. That are called 'energy vampires' because they are surreptitiously but constantly sucking power, little by little.

The first and most obvious step toward minimizing this effect is to unplug devices when they are not in use, such as during the night or when the home's occupants are away for any lengthy period.

Another option is to plug energy vampires, such as game consoles, entertainment systems or computers, into smart power strips, which employ timers and sensors that turn devices off completely until their next use.

Most electronics retailers sell them. Some local utilities provide discounts, or even rebates on utility bills, to customers who buy and use them. Check with yours!