Smart Power Strips
Use a Smart Power Strip for entertainment centers and computer workstations.
Here's how it works:
Electricity use for plugged-in devices in Minnesota homes is about 20 percent of a typical home's total annual electric usage. Plugged-in devices do not include heating and cooling systems or larger appliances like refrigerators. This pie chart shows the breakdown of typical electric energy usage of plugged-in devices.
A smart power strip makes it easy for you to completely turn off plugged-in devices (like computer workstations or entertainment centers) and eliminate standby power usage (also known as "phantom load" or "vampire draw").