Did you know that 5% to 10% of your residential electricity costs come from appliances that are left plugged in all day? Some appliances – especially those without a hard “off” switch, like your microwave, TV, and modem, consume between 7 and 14 watts of energy , even when they’re not in use. Although unplugging your appliances is a key way to save on your energy bill, it’s hard to remember to unplug them every day.
As a solution, try using a power strip for your appliances so that they don’t waste energy while you’re not using them. Or if hitting a switch isn’t your thing, try the new smart strip, which reduces your power usage by shutting down power to products that aren’t turned on, or are in standby mode. What a great idea to reduce your energy usage in the kitchen, and even throughout your home!