Did you know leaving your TV, cable box and Wi-Fi router plugged in all day can burn through $150 in electricity costs every year? It's even worse if no one is home during the day to use any of these devices. Because these electronics use energy even when inactive, a simple solution is to plug them into a surge protector with an easy-to-access on/off switch. When you leave for the day, turn it off so it's not wasting power for eight to 10 hours, then turn it on when you get home. The inconvenience of waiting a few minutes for everything to reboot is worth it.
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