When we plug in rechargeable appliances, we think that we’re saving money. Because we avoid buying batteries, we’ve probably spent far less running that device. Of course, while it’s true that we’re not spending as much as we would otherwise, we can’t deny that we’re still spending something.
Electronics are not free to run, no matter how efficiently their manufacturers portray them. Even the most energy efficient devices cost something in terms of the power they use on a regular basis. While you may not really notice the small amounts of power you have to pay for while you charge your phone or camera, they definitely accumulate.
Over the course of a year, you could be paying hundreds to charge a single appliance. It’s difficult to tell just how much you’re spending annually. Certain devices, like computers and recreational video game consoles, are often left on when not in use. Although these devices have sleep modes, they still consume just as much power as a recharging device would, if not more. In the end you’re going to end up paying something.
So what can you do to reduce the costs of charging your electronics annually? Again, without unplugging your devices completely and not charging them for an entire year, it’s very hard to tell how much you’re spending, but here are some things that can help: Consume power efficiently. Don’t leave things on when you don’t need them on.
Manage your charging habits better. If you can avoid charging all the time, do so. It’s actually better for batteries if you let them drain completely before recharging, and you might save more power that way too. Charge things on the go if at all possible. If you have a car charger, use it. It won’t increase your gas consumption noticeably and you’re getting a free charge. Charge devices at work. If your boss doesn’t mind, charge your cellphone at your desk. Compared to how much power your company pays for on a monthly basis, your phone charge is a tiny drop in the bucket. Of course, you probably don’t want to bring in your portable video game system and charge that, but you can save money as long as you act reasonably and get permission first.
Of course, these aren’t the only methods you can take to reduce your charging costs. You can also ensure that the electrical wiring in your home is up to date. Old wiring is less efficient, and it often wastes power in the form of heat or other losses as it transports current. By using the most up to date equipment, you’ll stand a better chance of lowering those power bills.
Our dependence on electricity is profound. We use more energy on a daily basis than any of our ancestral generations ever did. Although we do benefit from the use of modern devices that let us work and play faster and harder, we pay for it in the end. By being careful about our habits and the tools we use, however, we can reduce the amount of money we spend as well as lessen our impact on the world we live in.
Let J-Five Electricians in Plano ensure that you’re consuming power efficiently. J-Five is your partner for all things electrical.