Energy thieves: The 7 biggest offenders when it comes to wasting energy in your home

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When you think about the major energy users in your home, the refrigerator, washer, dryer and dishwasher come to mind. But while those items use a lot of energy, that energy is usually being put to good use. The true energy thieves are those appliances that are draining electricity from the outlets even when they aren’t necessarily in use.

The good news is energy thieves are easy to catch. And you don’t have to get rid of them; you simply need to alter your routine. Here are the seven biggest home energy thieves:

  1. Cable/satellite boxes
  2. Computers
  3. Audio systems
  4. Microwave
  5. Television
  6. DVD/Blu-ray player
  7. Coffee maker

So what’s the best way to stop these energy thieves? The obvious solution is to unplug them when they aren’t in use. However, that might not be convenient or possible for most items.

The next best solution is plugging related items into a power strip. For example, plug your TV, DVD player and sound system into the same power strip, which then can be switched off after you are done watching. For even more convenience, consider a smart power strip that automatically cuts power to appliances when it senses they are idle.

It may take a little effort up front to configure your home to fight energy thieves. But when lower utility bills start to roll in, you’ll be happy you made these adjustments.