Install & Use Power Strips

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Save the energy your electronics still use when they’re turned off.

TVs, computers, stereos, surround sound systems, chargers, DVD players — if the light is glowing, it’s using power, even if it’s turned off. This “phantom” standby power helps them to turn on quickly, but also quickly adds up to a lot of unnecessary energy usage, as much as 5–10% of your energy usage. A simple power strip with an on/off button lets you turn the power all the way off. You can find a good one for less than $20 — $5 or $6 if you shop around. Use them regularly, and they’ll pay for themselves in a year or less. To make things even simpler, go for a “smart” strip. When you power off the main device — computer or TV, for example — the peripherals plugged in the same strip are also automatically powered down with it, whether printers, speakers, whatever. You don’t even have to think about it.