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Night lights

Be aware of phantom appliances. For example, night lights, lamps and other plug-in light figures are great at setting the mood for bedtime routines. Often used at night but plugged in during the day, night lights are the utility monsters underneath your bed. Unplug them when not in use.


Power strip

Invest in power strips when unplugging is an issue or frankly a hassle. Smart power strips allow for multiple devices to be plugged in at once, so you only have one switch to turn off. For example, as much as we love a good cup of coffee, coffee makers when plugged in are in a standby state running up your utility bill. Same with toasters. Make it easy on yourself by plugging those counter appliances into a single power strip and turning it off after fixing yourself a cup of joe.



Look for Energy Star certified appliances. They usually carry the Energy Star label and are designed to be more energy efficient. Energy Star qualified appliances use less energy and help protect the environment. The Energy Star logo can be found on everything from light bulbs to refrigerators.



Use energy saver mode on those appliances or devices that offer it. It helps turn off or put your device at rest while you are away. Some appliances such as refrigerators, washer and dryers, and dishwashers have energy saving modes that will consume less energy. 



Consider upgrading your appliances. Today’s appliances offer more technology, which often leads to better energy usage. If your appliances are significantly old, then it may be time to consider purchasing new ones instead of paying for repairs. The investment now could potentially save you much more later.

Unplugging a few devices probably won’t make too much of an impact. But, if you have a house full of vampire appliances, doing these simple things could pack a big punch in helping you save on your energy bill.

Looking for more tips to help you save this season? Visit our cold-weather tips and check out our new energy efficiency podcast, Positive Energy.