Top Five Foolish Wastes of Energy (That We’re All Guilty of)

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Saving electricity is something we all want to do. But over the years, we’ve developed some bad habits that waste a good amount of energy. Here are a few things we should all stop doing.

Standing in front of an open fridge.

The average person spends over 10 hours a year indecisively staring into an open fridge, wasting anywhere from 50-120 kWh annually.

Falling asleep with the TV on.

If this is a nightly habit, it could cost you about $55 a year. Older TVs can cost you even more.

Keeping charged devices plugged in.

Once your phone or laptop is charged, unplug it. Once it’s reached 100%, there’s nowhere else for it to go and you’re just wasting energy.

Leaving ceiling fans on in an empty room.

Unlike your AC unit, ceiling fans cool YOU, not your room. So when it’s running in an empty room, it’s not doing anything but wasting energy and money.

Leaving lights on when you leave the room.

If you’re using CFLs or LEDs, the costs aren’t going to be outrageous. But it still adds up, especially if you’re still using incandescent bulbs.