Do you use more electricity than the average Minnesotan?
According to the Energy Information Administration, the average Minnesotan electricity customer uses on average 802 kilowatt hours a month, and has a monthly electricity bill of roughly $80. If you’re paying more than that, here are a few simple and practical ways to cut back on electricity waste and stop paying more than your neighbors!
Fight Phantom Load. The average Minnesota family has between 30-40 electronics that are left plugged in all the time – and when electronics like televisions, computers, stereos, printers and video game consoles are plugged in, they are always using electricity! Plug your entertainment center and home office into power strips, then turn off the power strips when you are sleeping or when no one is home. There’s just no reason to pay for electricity that you never get to use.
You Have the Power. With one setting, you can save over $30 a year in wasted electricity – making sure your desktop computer is set to sleep properly. The hard drive of your computer uses more energy than the monitor – but unless you set it to sleep, it will keep on chugging away even when you’re not using the computer.
Do the Twist. You don’t need to put compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in every single socket in your home to get savings. Pick the 10 most used lights in your home and replace them with EnergyStar-rated CFLs – they use 75% less electricity and last 7-10 times longer!
Once you’ve set up your power strips, set your computer to sleep and put in your new light bulbs, wait a month and then look at your new power bill. Feels better, doesn’t it!