Often, appliances are using energy when you think they are "off" - but actually are in a "stand-by" mode where they are still drawing power. Refrigerator's are the biggest energy using appliance for most homeowners, as they are constantly running. Replacing a fridge or freezer that is older than 10-12 years, can help lower energy bills. Many utility companies offer incentives for replacing old refrigerators and freezers - check with your utility to see what they offer. 

Advanced power strips are another great option for when you have multiple electronics and appliances in a similar location. These power strips allow users to turn off some appliances (stop them from using any electricity), while leaving others on. 

You can also purchase energy star appliances, which are certified to use less energy than traditional appliances. For more information, visit:

Last updated April 9, 2018