As we mentioned in a previous blog, it is not uncommon for us to see a spike in our energy bills during the summer. That is why our electrician in Cincinnati has been giving you tips on how to save money while staying cool. Although heating and cooling accounts for about half of energy usage in the average American home, there are many other minor appliances that can utilize a significant amount of energy all the time, and some of them may even surprise you! The following is a list of the top 4 energy wasters to watch out for in the average home:

#1. Television 

There’s nothing better than watching a movie or a game on a big, HD TV, but unfortunately, those fancy TVs can also waste a whole lot of energy. However, the good news is that not all HD TVs waste the same amount of energy. For example, plasma TVs use an average of 3 times the amount of energy than LCD TVs. When you are purchasing a new TV, look for the Energy Star label to ensure that you are purchasing something that won’t use a whole lot of energy.

#2. Cable Box 

Cable boxes tend to be a huge energy waster because they are on constantly, and many of them don’t even have a standby mode. Even if your cable box is one of the rare exceptions and it does have a standby mode, it is most likely still using some power. It is always a good idea to plug your cable box and television into a smart power strip, or you could just turn off your current power strip when you aren’t using your cable box or TV anymore.

Stay tuned for our next blog to learn about more common energy wasters.