(NC) The season for new beginnings has more benefits than the emerging greenery. Here are some tips from Hydro One on how to spring forward into saving energy during longer days:

IT’S AS SIMPLE AS PULLING A PLUG.
Once your cell phone or tablet is fully charged, make sure to unplug the chargers for these devices. Up to 50% of the electricity they draw is lost as heat.

SCREEN OUT YOUR SCREENSAVERS.
Did you know that computer screensavers can use up to twice as much energy than putting your computer into “sleep” mode? Save by disabling your screensaver, or better yet, unplugging your computer entirely when not in use.

TIME YOUR DIME.
Invest in lighting controls such as motion sensors, timers and dimmer switches, as they create ambiance in the home while saving energy. These control technologies also save energy by reducing lighting use and are among the simplest, least expensive energy-management devices available.

DON’T LET STANDBY MODE SUCK UP YOUR ENERGY.
Love recording your favourite television shows? You may not know that personal video recorders consume 70% of their energy in standby mode. Check in with your cable provider to see if they offer an Energy Star certified model.

Find more tips at www.hydroone.com/saveenergy.

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