Do you have a coffee maker? What about a digital picture frame? Or a set-top cable box?
You might not think of these types of devices as energy hogs but when left on all day and night they quickly add up to a lot of wasted electricity.
For example, set-top boxes like cable or converter boxes typically only draw about 30 watts of energy. But because these boxes are often left on even when your television is turned off, one box over the course of a year can use up to 265 kilowatt-hours, equivalent to the annual energy consumption of a 28-inch CRT television.
Meanwhile, if every home in the U.S. had a digital picture frame displaying around the clock it would take five power plants alone to power them, according to a recent Electric Power Research Institute estimate.
As for coffee makers, they also consume a lot of power. Most coffee makers usually run on 900 to 1,200 watts. If you want to save energy and money, refraining from making more coffee than necessary or leaving the warmer on for long periods.
Often the best way to combat these energy wasters is to plug these appliances into a power strip, and switch it off after you are down using them.