The City has been getting copies of information being sent around by NOPEC concerning changes in electric rates and even though Kent isn’t in the electric business, we are in the share information business, so I’ve included the latest updates from NOPEC about upcoming savings on your electric bill.
Here’s the flier I just received this week that seems to tell it all:
If you want more information, here’s the NOPEC web site link.
Besides lower rates, if you want to lower your power usage, you’ll definitely want to make sure that you’re turning off all the electronic gadgets that have become ubiquitous in our lives these days. But guess what, computers, video game consoles, digital clocks, televisions and cell phone chargers even use power when they are off. A digital cable box actually consumes more than 40 watts of electricity when it is turned off. Here’s a quick look at common power consumption for on and off modes.
Desktop Computer: ON = 74 watts OFF=2.8 watts
Laptop Computer: ON=30 watts OFF=8.9 watts
Digital Cable Box: ON=44 watts OFF=43 watts
PS3/XBox/Wii: ON=150 watts OFF=1.1 watts
32 inch TV: ON=162 watts OFF=2 watts
Microwave: ON=1,433 watts OFF=3 watts
DVD Player: ON=9 watts OFF=3 watts
Cell Phone: ON=3.7 watts (charging) OFF=2.2 watts (charged)
(sources include Energy Star, Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory)
The research findings report that as much as 10% of our electric consumption comes from appliances when they are off — who would have thought that? I guess if you want to really cut your power you need to always turn off the lights and unplug those sneaky appliances when they aren’t in use.