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Living Room & Home Office Energy Savings

Your devices are likely running more now than ever. These energy-saving practices can help you save money whether working or relaxing at home.

woman working at a desk in a home office

TVs, computers and gaming consoles use energy even when they're not on and can cost you up to $200 in wasted energy costs. Cut your standby energy use by unplugging your devices when you’re done using them.  

If you’re able, consider switching to advanced power strips. These energy-saving devices sense when your electronic devices are idle and automatically prevent them from drawing power. 

If you aren’t ready to shut down and unplug your computer, make sure it goes into sleep mode when not being used. This can save you up to $75 every year. You can find this option in your computer’s settings.

Make sure to disable any screen savers, too. They consume energy and prevent your computer and monitor from going into sleep mode.

Finally, turn off your monitor when you’re not using it. Contrary to popular belief, this can increase the lifespan of your device.

When it comes time to buy new office equipment, consider purchasing energy-efficient products. ENERGY STAR certified products typically use about half the electricity of standard products.

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Tablets use 4x less energy to run than laptops. If you own a tablet, use it to watch your streamed programs. 

A family of four watching TV together in the same room uses ¼ the energy of a family with TVs in four different rooms viewing four different programs.

To save additional energy while watching TV, turn down or mute the volume for commercials. If you’re watching TV at night, lower the brightness to watch in low light.

Setting your DVR to record your favorite shows means you can fast-forward past ads to shrink a one-hour program to about 42 minutes. As a bonus, you'll save some energy.