Your flat-screen TV and surround-sound stereo devour more electricity than you might think. No worries, though. You can save cash with these tips:

  • If you’re not using it, shut it off. This applies to TVs, radios, computers and any other device that plugs in.
  • Unplug electronics when you go on vacation. If you plan to be away from home for longer than a day or two, unplug everything. Radios, cell phone chargers, TVs and other appliances draw electricity whenever they’re plugged in (even if they’re turned off).
  • Tell your computer to “sleep.” Adjust the settings on your computer to enter hibernation mode after five or 10 minutes of no activity.
  • Buy more energy-efficient electronics. Choose items with the ENERGY STAR seal.