Electronics Tips

Power Up Your Electronics, Power Down Your Bill

Energy saving tips for gadgets, gizmos and all your favorite electronics.

Every piece of electronics can be a smart device if you know how to optimize its energy usage. The DTE Insight app can help you see just how much energy your electronics are consuming. Plus, something as simple as unplugging unused electronics can make a big different on your energy bill.

Source of tips: EnergyStar.gov.

Purchasing ENERGY STAR® Computers
ENERGY STAR®-certified computers deliver substantial savings over standard models and are available in desktop, integrated desktop, and laptop models. Depending on how it's used, an ENERGY STAR®-certified computer uses 30% to 65% less energy, without sacrificing quality or performance. Additionally, ENERGY STAR®-certified computers with networking capabilities have the ability to enable and disable Wake On LAN for sleep mode, allowing greater use of low power modes without a loss of IT system maintenance capabilities. If all computers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR®-certified, greenhouse gas savings would grow to 52 billion pounds per year.
 

Purchasing Printers
Printing is more efficient when using an ENERGY STAR®-certified printer. They use over 45% less energy than standard models and their efficient design ensures they run cooler and last longer.
 

Skipping Screen Savers
Despite common belief, a screen saver does not save energy. In fact, more often than not, a screen saver will not only draw power for the monitor but will also keep the CPU from shutting down.
 

Sleeping or Shutting Off Your Computer
Make sure your computer automatically switches to "sleep mode" or manually turn the monitor off when it isn't in use.
 


Unplugging Electronics
Home electronics still draw power, even when you're not using them and can account for up to 12% of your energy bill. Reduce that by simply unplugging your DVR, game systems, cell phones and other electronics when you're done. Just unplug and save!
 

Charging Your Cellphone
Unplug electronics such as cell phones and laptops once they are charged. Did you know your cell phone's charger still draws energy even when it's not plugged into your phone?
 

Using Power Strips
Use power strips to reduce costs. There are three types of power strips: timer-equipped (with programmable timers), occupancy sensing (with motion detectors) and current sensing (that can turn several outlets off or on).
 


Purchasing ENERGY STAR® Televisions
ENERGY STAR®-certified televisions are on average, over 25% more energy efficient than conventional models, saving energy in all usage modes: sleep, idle and on. The label can be found on everything from standard televisions to large screen televisions with the latest features like 3D and Internet connectivity.
 

Purchasing Audio/Video Equipment
ENERGY STAR®-certified audio/video equipment is up to 50% more efficient than conventional models.
 

ENERGY STAR® Cable, Internet and Satellite Devices
A set-top box is a cable, satellite, Internet protocol or other device whose primary function is to receive television signals from a specific source and deliver them to a consumer display and/or recording device, such as a television or DVR. ENERGY STAR®-certified set-top boxes are on average 35% more efficient than conventional models.
 

ENERGY STAR® Cable Box
If all set-top boxes in the U.S. met ENERGY STAR®-certified requirements, consumer energy cost savings would grow to about $1 billion each year reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from about 2 million cars.
 

LCD vs. Plasma
Purchase LCD over plasma televisions. As the cost of LEDs continues to come down, more televisions are moving to incorporating LED edge-lit LCDs, which are typically the most energy efficient combination of backlighting and panel technology today. Plasma televisions are composed of miniature gas-filled cellssimilar in operation to fluorescent lamps-which glow.
 

Purchasing Blue-Ray Players
Blu-Ray players that meet ENERGY STAR®-certified qualifications are, on average, 45% more efficient than conventional models.
 

ENERGY STAR® Sound Systems
An ENERGY STAR®-certified sound bar or home-theater-in-a-box sound system delivers high-quality performance as well as an energy-efficient entertainment experience. ENERGY STAR®-certified audio/visual equipment is on average up to 60% more efficient than standard models.

A home equipped with ENERGY STAR®-certified televisions, a Blu-Ray player, a compact audio system, a cordless telephone and a home-theatre-in-a-box can save nearly $200 over the life of the products.
 


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