Turn Off the Lights
Monday, the United States Department of Energy (USDE
), announced electricity rates will jump more than 10 percent this winter — the largest spike in 25 years. Rather than getting a second job, take the extra bit of time to power down and unplug when you're finished using electronics. When the five o'clock whistle blows, but before you "yaba-daba-dooooo" home, shut down your workstation — the whole thing, including printer, disk drive, and central processing unit. According to the United States Department of Energy, a year of nightly computer sleep will save you $90. If you'd rather not economize for your office, then at least try powering down at home. Tell your kids to shut down when they're done searching the Web, IM-ing, and doing their homework (if you're lucky). Make a habit out of unplugging at-rest cell phone chargers, iPod mounts, electronics on standby, and anything else that hemorrhages electricity and your money.