Monique O'Grady: While you are watching TV and movies, you don't have to watch your energy bills rise as long as you make smart choices. For TVs and DVD players, look for the energy star rated products in stores to save. Energy star qualified television sets are over 40% more efficient than standard models. Plus if you have a DVR box there are energy star recommendations as well. If all of the digital boxes in America met the energy star guidelines, consumer savings would equal almost $2 billion every year.
And more and more people are using game consoles. According to a university study there has been a huge increase in the number of video game consoles being sold. More time is spent playing on them and energy used is sky rocketing. Between 2007 and 2010, the amount of electricity being used by game consoles went up 50%. However, not all of the news is bad. If you are a gamer, there are steps you can take to use less energy. For example, turn it off, the report says the average user who doesn't power down their console will use 10 times more electricity than someone who does. So, when you finish playing, working out, or having your family game night, make sure to turn the power off. Whether you are updating your home theater or playing the latest karaoke game, the energy being used by your systems add up. According to the environmental protection agency, consumer electronics account for up to 15% of household energy use. So as you pick up your remote controls, remember, you can control your household energy use.