Unplugging These 6 Gadgets Will Cut Your Electricity Bill

[1] Cable boxes: The New York Times recently reported that our little cable boxes have an outsized energy footprint. Indeed, the EPA estimates that your box setups use about 500 kilowatt-hours per year, as much electricity as your fridge. [2] Computers: According to the [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] computers account for 2 percent to 3 percent of overall household and office energy use in the US. As I’ve said before, sleep mode is good, but not as good as unplugging entirely. [3] Televisions: As a general rule of thumb, the more giant and awesome your TV, the more power it sucks, and the more diligent you should be about unplugging it. Flat-screen TVs use about twice as much power as their smaller cathode-ray counterparts. [4] Audio/video: All those iPod docking stations, home theaters, DVD players, and Blu-ray players add up. Cluster these devices on a smart power strip when you can. [5] Game consoles: People tend to leave game consoles on all the time. A recent Carnegie Mellon University study estimated that power use by home game systems in the US grew by 50 percent between 2007 and 2010 and now accounts for about 1 percent of total household energy use. – Kiera Butler,Mother Jones