Computers & Electronics Savings Tips 
 
No-to-Low Cost Improvements
  • Turning off office equipment when not in use can result in significant energy savings. Also, plugging into a power strip and using the switch to turn on the power strip to cut all power to the equipment when not in use will enable you to avoid "vampire" or “phantom” loads.
  • It is a common misperception that screen savers reduce a monitor's energy use. Use automatic switching to use the sleep mode or simply turn it off.
  • Appliances throughout your home continue to draw a small amount of power even when they are turned off. These "vampire loads" occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as DVD players, TVs, stereos, computers and kitchen appliances and more.
  • Unplug battery chargers when batteries are fully charged for items such as electronic games, phones, MP3 players, personal digital assistants (PDAs), digital cameras, camcorders, laptops, cordless and mobile phones and tools used around the home.

Improvements that Require Investments
  • Consider buying a laptop for your next computer upgrade; laptops use much less energy than desktop computers. Look for the ENERGY STAR® certified label to ensure you are getting an energy efficient laptop.
  • When making a new TV purchase, remember plasma TVs use more energy than LEC and LCD televisions.
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