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Lower-wattage living

September 15, 2008|Scott J. Wilson

Americans love their electronics, but all those TVs, computers, phones and DVD players suck up energy and end up clogging landfills. How can you stay plugged in while minimizing the effect on the environment?

A good starting point is MyGreenElectronics.com, a website launched last year by the Consumer Electronics Assn. of Arlington, Va.

The site offers lists of low-energy-use electronic products, tips on how to limit energy consumption by electronics you own and advice for making your electronics last longer so they don't have to be thrown out so soon.

If you no longer want an electronic device, the site can help with its list of nonprofit groups that accept them, and an easy-to-use search tool (just enter a ZIP Code) for finding electronics recyclers in your area.

A calculator on the site can help you estimate how much energy is consumed by electronics in your home and what it's costing you.

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