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Constantly illuminated status light or LED (light-emitting diode) screen
"Soft-touch" key pad
All of the above
A wall outlet.
A power strip with an off/on switch.
An extension cord with several outlets at the end.
Flat-screen computer monitor
It ordered manufacturers to create labels that say how much standby a device uses.
It passed a law that required all government agencies to buy products that used no more than one watt of standby power.
None of the above.
Unplug chargers when they're not in use.
Buy Energy Star products.
Get an energy meter to see how much energy your electrical appliances and devices use.
All of the above.
The federal Energy Star program covers more than 50 kinds of energy-efficient products for homes and offices. To find out more, go to www.energystar.gov.
Energy meters are relatively inexpensive. Plug whatever device you want to check into the meter and watch the vampires at work!]]>
Use power strips.
Unplug TVs you don't use regularly (such as ones in guest rooms.)
Unplug chargers and adaptors.
Limit the time you use clothes dryers.
A miniscule amount
Between 5 and 15
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