Give your utility bill a scare, save money by unplugging vampire appliances

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - They're lurking in every corner of your home.

TVs, game consoles, computers, even phone chargers are sucking electricity by converting alternating current into direct current.
According to The Department of Energy, 40% of the electricity used for home electronics is used when they're turned off--and the typical American household has 40 products that are constantly drawing power.
Contractor Joe Little says nearly half of the electricity used for home electronics is used when they're turned off.
"Even like our computer cords. If we just unplug those, they're pulling electricity whether the machine needs it or not. If you don't have a charger plugged into the computer, unplug it."
The maintenance your home needs during the summer is not the same for the winter.
Little says properly sealing ductwork and applying more insulation will save you money, keeping the warm air inside and the cold air out. 

"It's never too late to add insulation to an attic, but if you can see the top of that framing board in your attic, you probably need more insulation."

Little also recommends switching from incandescent to fluorescent light bulbs because they use around one-fifth of the electricity.

"The best way is if you're not in the room, just turn the lights out. The fluorescents that are coming out, it's not going to be too many more years before everybody has to use those."

Be ready for cold weather; getting your furnace checked now may prevent costlier repairs down the long winter road.

"If they're not sure about their unit, have it serviced every year. There are contractors in town that specialize in service and clean the unit. The unit itself can be really clogged up."

For more energy-saving tips, click here.

Copyright 2012 KAIT. All rights reserved.