Top 10 bad energy wasting habits

Making these simple changes will help save energy

We're all guilty of bad habits. Don't live in denial, it only wastes energy. The good news, you can become a reformed energy hog by avoiding these energy-guzzling habits.

I waste time and energy in front of the fridge.

I'm an indecisive foodie that spends about 10.4 hours a year staring at the fridge wasting energy.

People spend about 10.4 hours a year staring at an open fridge.1

I buy incandescent bulbs.

I buy energy-wasting incandescent bulbs when CFLs could save me about $40 a year over their lifetime.

CFLs save about $40 in energy costs over their lifetime.

I fall asleep with the television on.

I fall asleep with the TV on nightly, and it wastes energy and costs me about $55 a year or a nice dinner.

If it's your nightly routine, it costs you about $55 a year or a nice dinner.2

I keep my charged laptop and cell phone plugged-in.

I keep my fully charged laptop or cell phone plugged-in, wasting energy and money.

Psst.. It won’t go past 100%, but it’ll waste energy.

I let Energy Vampires use energy during standby mode.

I let Energy Vampires use energy during standby mode. I should use a Kill a Watt to find and stop them.

Borrow a Kill A Watt™ to stop them—it’ll save you energy.

I don’t program my programmable thermostat.

I haven't programmed my programmable thermostat, and it's wasting energy and costing me about $180 a year.

What?! It’s costing you about $180 a year.3

I bake on summer afternoons.

I bake on hot summer afternoons, making my AC waste energy to keep my home cool.

Your AC’s breaking a sweat to keep your home cool.

I leave fans on in empty rooms.

I waste energy by leaving fans on when I'm not in the room—forgetting that fans cool people not rooms.

Remember, fans cool people NOT rooms.

I forget to change out air filters.

I forget to change my air filters, making my AC waste energy by working harder to keep me cool.

Think of the dust inhaled and energy wasted.

I leave the lights on when I exit a room.

I leave the lights on when I'm not in the room, wasting energy when I could just turn them off.

They’re just as easy to turn on as they're to turn off.

I'm an indecisive foodie that spends about 10.4 hours a year staring at the fridge wasting energy.

Sources: 1.) Fridge: LA Times 2.) Television: The Energy Collective 3.) Thermostat: ENERGY STAR

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