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Plasma TVs are powerful technology but consume massive amounts of energy. Photo courtesy of johannesfreund.

Cut Your Power Bill

 
Summer is here with a vengeance in New England! And now with the air conditioning blasting on high, I'm thinking of ways to cut my energy bill. According to a recent study by an Australian consumer agency, video game consoles and plasma flat screen televisions are major energy hogs, even when left on stand-by. The Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and plasma television sets consumed the most power of 16 electronic devices tested. The Playstation 3, while not in use, costs five times as much as running a refrigerator. Ouch. To get the most benefit, cut your electronics power supply off at the source. Turning them off by remote just puts them in stand-by mode.


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