How saving energy Pays
Daylight savings time began in 1918 to help save fuel and energy during World War I. Ever since, we’ve been a nation of savers, especially recently, due to soaring energy costs and increasing consumption. We all know that saving energy is a good thing, but just how much is what we do actually worth?
Consumer electronics alone use 3.3 billion kilowatts of electricity every year. Even when they’re off, TVs and VCRs still use a billion dollars worth of power annually.
But if every household in the country replaced current electronic products with “Energy Star” labeled models, we’d save $575 million a year on TVs, $300 million on stereos, $200 million on VCRs, and $125 million on cable boxes, for a whopping $1.2 billion+ savings annually! That’s enough to light every home in the U.S. for six months! Obviously, saving energy a little here and a little there quickly adds up!