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Why You Should Educate Residents on Energy Consumption

Even when not in use, home devices can still consume a large amount of energy — and that energy consumption is costly.

Energy consumption in apartment homes is higher for apartment communities that are master-metered versus individual-metered, but no matter who is paying the bills, reducing energy usage can financially benefit both residents and apartment community owners. One simple way to reduce energy usage is to unplug devices they’re not using. 

U.S. homes could be wasting as much as $19 billion a year as a result of energy vampires — devices such as printers, microwaves and entertainment systems that pull a charge when plugged in, even if they’re not in use. 

There are usually 65 devices used in the average home, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, but not every device can be unplugged when not in use. It’s impractical to unplug a microwave after each use, for example, or devices that will need to reboot each time they restart. (Think modems and cable boxes.) But unplugging treadmills, game consoles or coffee makers can be beneficial, especially if they aren’t used frequently. 

Residents can also purchase smart power strips that automatically turn off at set times rather than having to unplug multiple devices. Upgrading devices to more energy-efficient models cuts down on energy costs overall, as does investing in energy-efficient lightbulbs and insulation.