While we may not be ready to put our flip flops away just yet, August is the time when folks start preparations for the fall and, of course, back-to-school shopping. August is also widely recognized as the best month to buy the most expensive school supply - computers. Laptops, which virtually all high school and college students need these days, are normally on sale this month with fierce competition among manufacturers and retailers.
While computers are a mainstay of back-to-school supplies, they're also commonplace in most homes and offices. Statistics show many people work from home at least one day per week. While working from home saves energy and time by cutting out the commute, it may increase your home energy bills unless you use energy-saving office equipment.
The easiest way to cut the energy used by home electronics is to shut down and unplug them when not in use. A power strip is a quick way to cut power to all devices without having to unplug each one separately. Because home office equipment, chargers and some appliances continue to draw a small amount of electricity even when they're switched off, completely disconnecting them when not in use will help to eliminate the "vampire" power they consume.
Replacing your conventional power strips with advanced power strips is a great way to reduce wasted electricity and, in turn, save on energy costs. Advanced power strips prevent electronics from drawing power when you aren't using them.
As back-to-school sales abound, if you're looking for the true bargain when shopping for electronic essentials, consider shopping for an energy efficient ENERGY STAR certified computer. That way, you'll be receiving even more savings over standard models including laptops and desktops. The federal requirements for computers earning the ENERGY STAR are even tougher now and, overall, ENERGY STAR-labeled office products use about half the electricity of standard equipment.
This time of a year is also a great time to schedule a no-cost Mass Save Home Energy Assessment well before the first frost! You'll receive a custom report that makes it easy for you to improve your home's energy efficiency. Plus, energy-saving products will be installed at no cost as needed, including advanced power strips and ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs to save even more energy.
Thinking about back-to-school shopping may disappoint a lot of students, but saving energy on electronics should be welcome news for parents.