Techlicious: Is Your PC an Energy Hog?

is your pc an energy hog

By Suzanne Kantra for Techlicious

Getting a handle on your household energy consumption can benefit your wallet and the environment.

Your heating and cooling usage is an obvious target, but it’s also important to monitor your gadgets and electronics gear. The average US home constantly leaks about 50 watts of power from products left in standby mode, according to Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory. That’s about five percent of the residential electricity use in the US. And for every watt of power we constantly draw per year, we pay about a dollar.

Below you’ll find devices that help determine where you’re losing your money and ensure you keep spending under control.

Reducing energy use

Belkin Conserve Insight Energy-Use Monitor

Want to find out which electronics items are the biggest energy hogs in your home? Plug suspects like your networked printer, TV or even a whole powerstrip into the Belkin Conserve Insight Energy-Use Monitor to find out. It tracks and displays the annual cost (based on the pre-loaded U.S.-average rate or your own rate), CO2 emissions and power consumption. And if the outlet is hard to reach, the display’s six-foot cord make it easy to put it in a place that’s convenient to read.

Price: $26.98 on

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1 thought on “Techlicious: Is Your PC an Energy Hog?”

  1. It would be hard to believe that a desktop computer would be much of a energy hog being how it goes from 110 voltage outlet and converted from the power supply to 12 volt. Maybe turning it off at night might help some.

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