THE HIDDEN COST OF INDOOR WINTER GAMES
Along with the cost of batteries for the remote controls, these entertainment appliances are using electricity even when off! Yes, that is the real snow job, these items are still using electrical power when just plugged in and not operating.
At first we might think that this electric cost could not add up to much, but when we start looking at the cable box for all the TV channels and a game console, we find a leech sucking at our money. One game console and one cable box, depending on the make and model, plugged into an outlet, can cost approximately $10.00 per month. So even if you never turn on your TV or play one game, you will waste energy and pay $120.00 per year! Yet, I will venture to say that many homes have two or three gaming consoles and cable boxes. So start multiplying…two gaming systems will cost up to $240.00 a year. How many entertainment items do you have plugged in? Don't forget to count the DVD player and stereo as well. Your TV is also on standby when off, still consuming electric power from the grid.
A Power Strip saves on the electric bill because the appliance can no longer draw any electricity through the plug to maintain a "standby" mode. Yes, you will have to wait a couple of minutes for everything to power back up when turning the Power Strip back on, but that provides time to collect all your snacks and drinks you bought with all the money you saved.
Bill Lauto, GTG
Environmental Scientist at
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