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Use ENERGY STAR-qualified fixtures and light bulbs.

  • Always turn off the lamp when not in use.


  • Unplug cell phone chargers, camera chargers and battery chargers when they are not in use.
  • Chargers draw energy as long as they are plugged into an outlet...even if there is nothing connected to the other end. 
Multi-Function Systems
Switch to ENERGY STAR-qualified multi-function devices that combine capabilities for printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Using the power management features add to the savings.
  • Set office equipment to automatically switch to sleep mode when not in use.
  • Turn off fax machines, printers, scanners and copiers when you leave the office.
  • ENERGY STAR recommends plugging your computer, printer, scanner and other computer accessories into one power strip and turn off the power strip when you are done working.


  • When replacing equipment such computers and computer accessories, choose ENERGY STAR-qualified products that use less electricity than most products in standby or sleep mode.
  • Turn on the ENERGY STAR power management settings on your computer and monitor, so they go into power save mode when not in use. For help in turning on the power management feature go to the ENERGY STAR website.
Don't use a screensaver. Set the monitor to switch to sleep mode when it is inactive.
Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use such as at night.
do not tangle cables

 Power Strip


​Even when turned off, most electronic and IT equipment use a small amount of electricity.

The average U.S. household spends approximately $100 per year on devices while they are switched off yet remain in a standby mode.

  • Plug electronics into a power strip so you actually disconnect the power supply when you turn off the strip.
  • ENERGY STAR recommends plugging your computer, printer, scanner and other computer accessories into one power strip, and plugging your home electronics (TV, VCR, DVD, stereo, gaming systems) into another power strip.
  • Remember: timers won't work if the power strip is turned off.
    • If you want to time your DVR to record a program, for example, you can't turn it off with a power strip.  
  • A smart power strip senses when the electronics plugged into it are not in use and turns off power to such peripheral devices.
This program receives funding from the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. 

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