04Jun
2015
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Unplugging Household Appliances to Save Money

Is it really any surprise that the typical mom and homemaker has around over 30 household appliances routinely plugged in, day-after-day without not frequently being used enough to warrant the energy expenditure? Probably not. We’re all guilty of it and many of us not even aware of how doing so can effect our energy bills and cause us to pay more than we should be for things like gas and electric.

That’s why unplugging, along with making sure household appliances stay regularly maintained and repaired, is more important than you think. Here we take a look at what and why you should unplug in order to help you out.

Energy Costs

As the average household spends a large amount per year on energy costs, devices are something that heavily contribute to that. Sure, some are more energy consuming than others. Computers and TVs, for example, consume a heap load more power, even in standby modes, than other, less frequently used appliances like microwaves, freezers or dryers. Making sure you turn them off at the mains, after you’ve finished using them, is something you can get in the habit of to help you bring down the spiralling costs of your bills.

Appliances

As for other household appliances, what else can you go about unplugging to help save energy costs aside from the aforementioned?

Things like coffeemakers, toasters, cordless phones, modems, DVD players, stereos and even lamps can all be unplugged when not in use without causing them damage.

Other key appliances though, like alarm clocks, fridges and freezers, will mostly be required to stay on however, in order to get full use out of them.

Alternatives

While unplugging particular household items can help save you a nice sum of money we’ve already established that some things are better off kept on and others can even get worn down by constant unplugging and re-starting.

One way to go about solving the problem of having to turn things off and on is to use a power strip for particular devices and use the switch accordingly to keep particular things on and off. Devices with built-in energy-saving features, should always be prioritised also, especially above standard models that are often energy-hungry and less efficient at the tasks they’re intended for.

Another option is to purchase plug adapters that can be used for a pre-set time, thus controlling your energy consumption and also saving you money in periods where they are not needed for use.

Being conscious of energy usage in your home is a surefire way to become more responsible as a homemaker and parent. If you can pass on these habits to your children and future generations too, the world will be in much a greater place and better home for years to come.