3 great tips to save money on electricity
1. Turn off appliances when not in use
Many devices are still silently consuming power while in standby mode, so when you’re no longer in use, you should completely unplug them from the electrical outlet. To save time, you can group frequently used devices into the same outlet, such as PCs, monitors, and printers. However, there are some devices that you must turn on continuously such as WiFi routers, refrigerators, surveillance cameras, etc.
2. Put the computer into Sleep mode
For devices running Windows, type the keyword power options into the search box and then press Enter. There will be 3 modes including Balanced (balanced), Power saver (save power/battery) or High performance (high performance).
To balance performance and usage time, you should choose Balanced mode. Then set the time at Dim the display to 2 minutes when on battery power and 5 minutes when plugged in. Do the same for Turn off the display (turn off the display) and Put the computer to sleep (put the computer to sleep).
If you’re using macOS, go to Settings > Energy saver, set Turn display off after to 5 minutes for the Battery section and 15 minutes for the Power Adapter section. This means that the computer will turn off the screen (when not in use) after about 5 minutes when on battery power and after 15 minutes when plugged in.
While turning off your computer is still the best way to save power, today’s electronic devices use very little power when in Sleep mode. Normally, a laptop only uses about 2W of electricity and a desktop computer will use 5-10W. When not using the computer for about 10-15 minutes, you should put the device into Sleep mode to save power.
3. Buy appliances with power-saving features
Most modern appliances today have energy-saving features. Of course, replacing old appliances in the house such as light bulbs, refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. will initially consume a lot of your costs, however, in return it will help save electricity bills in the future.
When buying a new electronic device, look for energy labels like Energy Star or EU Energy for home appliances. For example, products labeled Energy Star will use about half as much electricity as standard appliances.
When buying a new computer, consider buying a laptop instead of a desktop. However, do not buy a machine that is more powerful than necessary because the high-resolution screen, new processor and discrete graphics card will also make the device consume more power.
Similarly, inkjet printers will consume up to 90% less power than laser printers, and LCD screens will use only about ¼ as much power as older CRT monitors.