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Living Room Appliances

The living room is a place in the home where many people don't realize that energy is constantly being used.

Americans spend more money powering home audio systems and DVD players when they are off than when they're actually in use.

Living rooms are home to most of the electronics in our house. We watch TV, turn on the computer, and pick up the phone from our living area. And the costs add up, even when those electronics are off.

You'll find even more opportunities to save energy in the living room if it has multiple windows, a fireplace, or several air vents.

Power Strips: A Smart Way To Save

Your electronics can draw energy even while they are off--and that costs you money. Power strips help prevent that.

  • Plug electronics into a power strip. Flip the switch off when you're not using them.
  • If you have many electronics, group them into several power strips. Put things you use at the same time, such as the computer and printer, on the same strip.
  • Put power strips in easy-to-reach places. They won't save energy if you don't turn them off regularly.
  • Don't put your TV on a power strip. Many
    TVs need to be reprogrammed if they are completely turned off, making them a bad fit for power strips.

What you can do:

Turn off the TV when no one is watching

Why? It's the easiest way to save.

Use the sleep function

Why? An average household can cut 60% of the energy their electronics use by using the sleep mode.

Unplug power adapters and chargers

Why? When cell phones, digital cameras, or laptops are done charging, the charger still draws energy unless you unplug it.

Check your air vents and registers

Why? If they're blocked by furniture or drapes, the air you pay to warm up or cool down won't reach the rest of the room.

Consider your window coverings

Why? They should be closed during the day in summer to keep the heat out and open during the day in winter to let sunlight warm your home.

Shut the flue on your fireplace

Why? And open flue lets air escape from your home, wasting energy. If you never use the fireplace, have it sealed up permanently.

Weather strip windows

Why? Windows are a common location for air leaks. Seal them up with weather-stripping or caulk for a more efficient home.

The above information is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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