Forbes.com had an interesting story about some of the worst small appliance energy hogs in your home. I was shocked at how much energy these little guys can use and was guilty of several of the offenders.
“Digital picture frames are small, so it’s hard to think of them as energy hogs. But if each U.S. household had one of these frames running around the clock, it would take five power plants to run them all, says the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an electricity-focused research and development nonprofit.”
“Large home appliances like refrigerators and dryers are typical examples of energy-hungry devices, but energy hogs don’t necessarily need to be large in size. Small devices are also collectively sucking a lot of energy from the power grid, and as these devices become commonplace their energy consumption rises exponentially. “It’s the subtlety of the effect of large numbers of very small consuming devices,” says Tom Reddoch, the executive director of energy utilization at EPRI.”
Other offenders included (see the full article for all the details on how much energy they waste):
Cable converter boxes
Battery chargers (What!!!)