Energy Savers

Written by Charles Peacock
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With the ever-increasing number of electrical appliances plugged into our homes and offices, electricity usage and costs are becoming a major budgetary concern. We can't live without our machines, but we also need to find ways to make sure we're not using more power than we need to. Saving energy benefits us personally because it reduces our monthly electrical bills, but it also contributes greatly to maintaining a healthy environment.

Ways to Save Energy

One of the greatest recent developments in energy-saving technology is the built-in energy saver features that can be found in home and office appliances. When shopping for appliances, keep an eye out for special energy saver logos. This usually indicates that the device is designed to turn itself off when not in use and to carefully regulate the amount of power being consumed even while it is in use.

Monitors are a great example of devices that can use a ton of energy if left unchecked. In the past, televisions and monitors would keep chugging along, consuming electricity unless you physically pressed the button to turn them off. Most newer monitors have built-in processors that will turn the entire unit off if it hasn't been used for a predetermined amount of time.

Refrigerators--notorious for their voracious consumption of power--are now actually required to have built-in energy saving features. These features work by carefully monitoring the internal temperature of the unit and turning the compressor on and off only when it is absolutely necessary. Replacing an old refrigerator with a new energy saver unit can save you money on your electrical bill and can substantially help the environment.

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