Top tips to save energy used by your electronic devices | WeLiveSecurity

With
the
rapidly
rising
energy
prices
putting
a
strain
on
many
households,
what
are
some
quick
wins
to
help
reduce
the
power
consumption
of
your
gadgets?

Top tips to save energy used by your electronic devices | WeLiveSecurity

With
the
rapidly
rising
energy
prices
putting
a
strain
on
many
households,
what
are
some
quick
wins
to
help
reduce
the
power
consumption
of
your
gadgets?

This
time
last
year
few
of
us
were
concerned
about
how
much
energy
we
used.
Even
fewer
probably
bothered
to
check
how
much
we
were
spending
annually.
That
calculus
was
always
going
to
change
as
Western
countries
began
the
journey
to
carbon
neutrality
in
earnest.
But
it
was
given
an
almighty
shove
earlier
this
year
by
Russia’s
invasion
of
Ukraine

which
has
sent
energy
bills
in
many
countries
sky
rocketing.

Granted,
consumers
will
be
impacted
in
different
ways
across
the
region,
depending
on
the
extent
and
type
of
support
their
governments
will
offer.
Their
situation
will
also
be
influenced
by
how
much
electricity
is
generated
by
gas-burning
power
stations.
But
whatever
the
particular
circumstances,
there
will
be
a
renewed
effort
this
winter
to
find
new
ways
to
cut
down
on
energy
bills,
not
least
because
household
spending
on
other
items
is
also
surging
as
inflation
bites.
And
with
electronic
gadgets
a
significant
drain
on
electricity,
that
would
seem
to
be
a
natural
place
to
start.

So
here
are
some
quick
wins
to
help
reduce
your
energy
bills
and
turn
the
planet
that
little
bit
greener.

WFH
turns
up
the
heat

The
number
of
connected
devices
in
our
homes
has
soared
over
recent
years.
There
was
a
time
when
we
could
count
only
laptops
and
desktop
PCs,
smartphones
and
tablets
among
the
items
regularly
plugged
in
at
home.
To
those
we
can
now
add
a
huge
range
of
smart
home
equipment
including
AI
voice
assistants,
smart
TVs
and
connected
doorbells.

It’s
estimated

that
the
average
European
household
now
has
around
17
of
these,
rising
to
20
in
the
US.

We’re
also
using
them
more,
thanks
to
the
emergence
of
the

hybrid
workplace
.
Where
once
our
desktops
might
have
been
switched
off
most
of
the
week
as
we
worked
from
the
office,
now
we
might
have
our
PC,
laptop
and
mobile
device
all
plugged
in
while
we
work
from
home
(WFH)
several
days
per
week.
Multiply
that
by
additional
members
of
the
household
and
the
costs
start
to
add
up.

With
inflation
starting
to
hit
home
and
bills
on
the
rise
across
Europe,
consumers
in
some
countries
are
being
asked
by
their
governments
to
try
and

cut
back
on
energy
use
where
possible

amid
fears
of
power
blackouts.
Internet
users
are
being
asked
to
think
the
unthinkable.


Top
tips
for
saving
energy

Many
households
will
be
taking
steps
such
as
improving
insulation
and
some
may
even
invest
in
their
own
power
generation
via
solar
panels
and
domestic
wind
turbines.
But
for
most,
the
quickest
wins
will
come
from
adapting
their
use
of
household
appliances.
So
what
can
you
do
to
cut
down
the
energy
used
by
electronic
devices,
and
save
some
much-needed
cash
in
the
process?
Here
are
some
ideas:

  • If
    you’re
    on
    the
    hunt
    for
    new
    gadgets,
    look
    for
    energy
    efficient
    kit
    by
    checking
    for
    Energy
    Star

    accreditation

    and/or
    a
    good
    rating
    on
    the

    EU’s
    energy
    labelling
    scheme
    .
    It’s

    claimed
    that

    Energy
    Star-labelled
    computers
    use
    30-65%
    less
    energy
    than
    regular
    machines.
  • Once
    a
    laptop
    or
    mobile
    device
    is
    fully
    charged,
    unplug
    it
    and
    use
    the
    battery.
  • Use
    laptops,
    rather
    than
    desktop
    computers,
    as
    they
    use
    less
    energy,
    according
    to
    the US
    government
    .
  • Avoid
    screen
    savers
    on
    devices
    as
    these
    can
    use
    extra
    electricity.
  • Activate
    low
    power
    “sleep”
    modes
    on
    devices
    to
    ensure
    they
    power
    down
    when
    not
    in
    use.
    Any
    slight
    surge
    in
    energy
    use
    needed
    to
    power
    up
    will
    be
    dwarfed
    by
    the
    savings
    made
    compared
    to
    continually
    running
    machines.
    And
    putting
    them
    to
    sleep
    more
    often
    could
    also
    extend
    their
    operational
    life.
  • Even
    when
    devices
    are
    switched
    off,
    they
    may
    still
    be
    using
    electricity
    simply
    by
    being
    plugged
    in.
    This
    “vampire
    power”
    could
    add

    an
    estimated

    5%-10%
    to
    monthly
    utility
    bills.
    So
    unplug
    any

    not
    in
    use,
    and
    you
    could

    save
    an
    estimated
    £65
    a
    year

    in
    the
    UK.
    That
    might
    not
    seem
    much
    but
    multiplied
    out
    across
    a
    city
    the
    size
    of
    London,
    the
    annual
    savings
    exceed
    £580
    million
    (US$658
    million).
  • Consider
    using
    advanced
    power
    strips
    that
    are
    designed
    to
    stop
    them
    from
    drawing
    power
    when
    not
    in
    use.
    The
    benefit
    is
    they
    also
    feature
    handy
    functions
    such
    as
    timers
    and
    activity
    monitors.
  • Choose
    the
    smallest
    feasible
    device
    for
    streaming
    video,
    depending
    on
    the
    number
    of
    people
    watching.
    Game
    consoles
    are
    to
    be
    avoided,
    as
    they

    reportedly
    use

    10
    times
    more
    power
    than
    tablets
    or
    laptops.
    Energy
    Star-certified
    content
    streaming
    equipment

    could
    use
    25–30%
    less
    energy

    than
    standard
    equipment.
  • Switch
    to
    energy-saving
    mode
    on
    your
    TV,
    which
    dims
    the
    backlight
    and
    could
    help
    power

    consumption
    drop
    by
    a
    third
    .
  • Use
    a
    smart
    meter
    to
    monitor
    how
    much
    energy
    is
    being
    used
    in
    the
    house
    in
    real
    time.
    This
    can
    help
    users
    to
    better
    understand
    how
    different
    appliances
    affect
    consumption.
    The
    good
    news
    is
    the
    monitors
    themselves
    use
    very
    little
    electricity
    and
    could
    end
    up
    saving
    you
    money
    in
    the
    long
    term.

At
a
time
of
geopolitical
uncertainty
and
environmental
crisis,
saving
money
isn’t
the
only
benefit
of
reducing
energy
consumption
at
home.
It
will
also
help
contribute
to
national
energy
security
and
save
the
planet
from
extra
carbon
emissions.
That’s
something
we
should
all
be
working
towards.

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