October is here! Â (One of my 12 favorite months!!). Â :-) . Â The cool mornings, the brisk air, the turning leaves...the turning on of the heat source. Â With the exception of a mortgage payment, the largest homeowner expenses can be utilities or food. Â There are lots of contributing factors to high utility bills (such as air leaks, insulation, heating and cooling equipment, water heaters and lighting). Â But, all the same do we have to live in the dark? Â Turn off our AC in the sweltering heat? Â Pile on sweaters in the winter? Â I guess it's just how much do your various utility bills stretch your budget? Â Or how conscious you try to be about your energy usage for environmental reasons?
I've read that it is estimated that 75% of the electricity to power home electronics is consumed when the products are turned off. Computers, monitors, TVs, cable and satellite boxes, DVRs and power adaptors are spinning your electric meter even when they're not being used! Â Even Oprah did a show on how unplugging devices can actually make a difference in the size of your electric bill. Of course, if you're like me, unplugging your access to the world wide web might give you just a bit of anxiety. Â Plugging several of these offenders into a power strip with a single on/off switch may make the task easier (or not). Most computers have options to put them into sleep mode or even turn off when not in use.