How can I cut back on my electric bill?

Episode 1240 (25:46)

Phil from California
P3 P4400 Kill A Watt

Phil is trying to cut back on his electric bill and his friends suggest powering down his technology, including his router and network every day. But his other friends say that could do more harm than good. Leo says that he'll stress the electronics less if he doesn't turn them on and off on a regular basis. He should just leave it alone. He can reboot things once in awhile, but all modern computers and networks are designed to sip power from a low power mode. If he's not using it for a few days or weeks, then it's OK to power them down.

Going solar is also a good thing. But to measure the power is a good idea and there are apps for that. Amazon sells a device call the Kill-A-Watt that will show him on a meter how much power that device uses. That'll give him a great idea of how much he's spending on all of his devices in the long run.