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IQAP Insights

Welcome to IQAP Insights! This information will provide information and tools you can use to reduce your energy and water use, which can lower your utility bill. Each month, we will add information about different topics, such as heating and cooling, refrigeration, bathroom water use or electronics. We will also connect you to free City of Fort Collins events and programs.

New for June

This month, we are taking a look at the energy use of smaller electronics such as TVs, game consoles, coffee makers and more. By changing a few simple habits, it’s easy to save on your utility bill.


Did you know?

  • Approximately 60% of all computers in the U.S. are left on overnight.
  • A video game system that doesn’t get turned off when not in use consumes 10 times more energy over its lifetime than ones that do get turned off.


Use a power strip to cut off energy to multiple items with one flip of a switch.


It is important to shut down and unplug electronics when not in use because they use energy even when turned off. This vampire energy can account for 25% of your total home energy use. As a good rule of thumb, if an electronic has a standby light or digital clock, it likely uses vampire energy.

Common items include:

  • Cable boxes
  • DVD players
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Phone and laptop chargers
  • Video game consoles
  • Coffee makers

A typical house has about 50 products that always stay plugged in. If you want to stop vampire energy but don’t want to have to unplug many items, use a power strip. With the flip of one switch, you can cut off energy to all plugs in the strip. Smart power strips automatically cut off energy for unused outlets.

Off-peak electric prices are approximately 70% less than on-peak prices. Save money on your utility bill by shifting your electric use to the lower-priced, off-peak hours or by reducing your use. Summer on-peak hours are May 1-Sept. 30, 2-7 p.m., weekdays only. Weekends and major holidays are off-peak.

Learn more about on-peak versus off-peak pricing for different electronics with our Appliance Comparison Cheat Sheet.

Find Out More

  • If you are curious how much energy your home electronics use, borrow a watt meter from the Poudre River Public Library District (Harmony, Old Town or Council Tree locations).
  • Interested in purchasing a power strip so you can start saving? Head to our Efficiency Works Store to find power strips and other energy-saving products and apply the rebates.
  • If you own your home and have a sprinkler system, sign up for a free audit, which will help you save water by using your sprinkler system more effectively. Participants receive a system evaluation and watering schedule, and learn how to find leaks and keep vegetation healthy all summer long.