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Use a Smart Power Strip for entertainment centers and computer workstations.

Here's how it works:

How a Smart Power Strip 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").

Plugged-in Devices pie chart
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