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Save Money and Help the Environment: Learn How to Slay Energy Vampires

By Kathy Montgomery From the nearest cineplex to the pages of a classic bodice ripper, the undead are all the rage these days. But bet you didn’t know there are vampires lurking in your home at this very moment. We don’t mean the garlic-fearing, casket-dwelling, “I vant to suck your blood” variety, but we do mean something as equally insidious, at least when it comes to your monthly electric bill: energy vampires. These are appliances that draw power 24 hours a day, even when you think they’re not in use. And while you can’t kill them with a stake to the heart, there are other ways to save money and safeguard the planet. Stealing Your Energy While leaving your cell …

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Going Green: It Really Is Easy

With a few simple steps you can make your life greener

By Catherine Wallace “It’s not easy being green,” the sage Kermit the Frog once sang. The groundswell of Eco-awareness has led people to attempt to be more “green,”an idea that has permeated our awareness surrounding everything from light bulbs and cars to the way we recycle and reuse products. However, there are many avenues of our lives where it’s easy to make an eco-mistake. Your appliances Beware of energy vampires! Many appliances and electrical devices leech power even when they are turned off. Appliances like DVD players, portable stereos and amplifiers can consume as much as 15 to 30 watts worth of power even when off, according the Consumer Energy Center.  The solution is simple: unplug them. You’re not only …

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