Saturday, January 23, 2010

# finances # going green

Save the Planet Saturday - Electricity Bills

I want to send a big thank you out to those of you who stopped by last week and left comments. It makes me feel good to know that my posts are out there and helping people.

This week, I'm going in a totally different direction. This post won't help you clean your house, but it will help you lower your electricity bill. Did you know that your video game consoles are energy vampires? And not the really sexy, sweet Twilight vampires, either. These are the evil, suck your power and raise your electricity bill kind.

Did you know that your Wii, PS2, PS3 or Xbox can use as much energy as two refrigerators? Holy cow! Now I know I'm going to make sure I get after the boys to remember to turn the PS2 off when they're done with it. Just by turning off your console after you rescue the princess (bonus points if you catch that reference), you could shave about $100 off your electricity bill in the course of a year. If you're like me, every penny counts.

So go ahead, rescue the princess, rock out with your guitar and race your dirt bike, but remember to turn off your system when you're done!


Renee said...

yikes i didnt know that! Good thing Im not paying an electricty bill currently =p

Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

Great tip. I had no idea! Thanks.

Deanne said...

Excellent tip! I wish I had remembered that fact in December when Hubby's friend was staying with us. He'd play and then leave his system turned on...indefinitely. I think it was turned on the ENTIRE time he was here (roughly a month) and our electric bill was about a hundred dollars more for the month that he was here with us. He was an energy hog, big time - not just with the game system but in many other aspects as well. Anyhow, a long comment to say, I agree! Turn the consoles off! (Or even unplug them if they are not used much - that will save even more!)

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