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There is something very simple that can be done to save you money. There is something very simple that can be done to reduce climate change. There is something very simple that can be done. The only question is: are you willing to do it? My blog posts are going to help guide you into living a more sustainable and ecolonomic life with spending little to no money.

Today I’m going to discuss how to slay those nasty vampires sucking the life out of your house. You may not know you have them because they disguise themselves as friendly intruders. They are your appliances. Your appliances amount to 20% of your energy bill, but what’s worse is that 75% of the energy used by appliances is when they are not in use. The simple solution: unplug your appliances.

When you are leaving in the morning go around and unplug things like TVs, DVD players, VCRs, stereos, cell phone chargers, microwaves, computers and printers (don’t unplug your fridge; that would be bad news). These items, when not in use, suck watts and hike up your energy bill. If you make a routine of unplugging these items in the morning before leaving for the day, than it will quickly become a habit and not a hassle.

If you really don’t think you can get into that habit, or if your electronics are plugged into outlets that are hard to get to there is another solution. Plug your TV, DVD player, and related items into a power strip. When you are leaving for the day all you have to do is flip the switch to turn off the power. It really is that simple.

If you are curious about how much energy your appliances use, the U.S. Department of Energy has a simple formula that can open your eyes to just how much energy you really do use.

If households would start slaying these energy vampires than power plants would be supplying less energy and thus less fossil fuel will be emitted into the air. So, unplug your appliances, save some money and save the o-zone.

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