Careful electrical use 'will cut bills and emissions'

27 July 2009 — 5:00 PM

Energy use can be a real drain on your finances

Reducing carbon emissions is connected to cutting expenses - and this can be particularly relevant to how electricals are used, according to the Mercury News.

Those recycling mobile phones for a greener handset may be interested to hear the publication's comments on 'vampire' usage – or energy that is consumed when items like chargers are left plugged in or switched on unnecessarily.

Spokesman for the Electric Power Research Institute Tom Reddoch said monitoring such items was a good idea.

"Any gadget you can turn on that goes into full-power mode immediately takes idling energy to initiate - and you'll pay the price," he said.

Other advice offered included shopping for more efficient products, keeping refrigerators and freezers at the recommended temperature, installing compact fluorescent lamps and upgrading old cathode ray tube televisions to new LCD panels.

Apple, LG, Motorola, Nokia and Sony Ericsson were among the many companies which recently agreed to the development of a universal mobile phone charger.

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