When we think about saving energy in the kitchen, we often don’t think about the smaller things, such as coffee grinders, blenders, toasters, coffee makers and microwave ovens. These smaller appliances are a regular part of our lives and can use up loads of energy over time. Instead of keeping them plugged into outlets (where they still draw power even if they aren’t being used), plug them all into a power strip. This accomplishes two things: One, you can flip the switch on the power strip to turn off all power to the small appliances; and two, if there’s an electrical surge, your appliances are safe from being damaged.
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