Did you know that 10% of the average B.C. electricity bill is from devices that are turned off, but still plugged in? This is called Standby Power (also known as vampire power or phantom load).
Some particularly high-draining devices are: TVs, video game consoles, cable/satellite TV boxes, plugged in laptops (non-charging)
To avoid standby power + decrease your electricity bill:
- Unplug devices when not in use (especially lesser-used electronics, such as extra TVs, video game consoles, and stereos)
- Unplug all devices when you go on vacation
- Use a power bar/smart strip to conveniently turn off devices when not in use (especially older appliances that drain more energy)
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when purchasing electronics
- Disable computer screen savers (They use twice as much energy as putting your computer in sleep mode!)
Buying local produce (grown in BC) is a great way to reduce the impact of your food purchases! Purchasing local, seasonal items not only reduces the environmental impact, but can also be more nutritious and tasty as there is less time and distance between the farm and your table.