Saving Energy with Electronics

People use electronics daily. Sixty percent of Americans spend between one to six hours a day using electronic devices, according to a Time magazine poll. With all the use of these devices, the consumption of electricity has increased. This causes power plants to work harder, which generates more pollution. It’s also costing people a lot of money. With these energy saving tips for your electronics, you can help save money and the environment:

  • Change the settings on your television. Go into your television’s menu and choose the “home” or “standard” setting. It’s usually set on “vivid” or “retail” to make it brighter in the store, but that setting uses 20 percent more energy. Also, if your television has a quick start feature, disable it. While having your television boot up quickly is nice, it uses a lot more energy.
  • Change the settings on your computer. When you leave your computer on all the time, you are using up electricity. Since you don’t need it to be on when you’re sleeping or away from it, consider powering it down. You can have your computer turn off automatically by adjusting the sleep settings. The best setting is to have the computer turn the screen off after 15 minutes and power it down after 30 minutes of inactivity.
  • Ask for a ENERGY STAR cable box. Most cable providers are switching over to ENERGY STAR units, but some are holding back by only offering them to customers who request them. These devices use up much less power than the traditional ones, so give your provider a call to ask about it.
  • Set a game box to power down automatically. Many people leave their game systems on, not realizing it uses as much electricity as a fridge. Xbox One and PS4 have a feature you can turn on that will turn itself off after an hour of inactivity.

Start saving money and the environment today by changing the settings on your television, computer, and game system, and requesting an ENERGY STAR cable box. You’ll be amazed at how easy it really is to be energy efficient!