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Device Settings You Should Be Using to Save Cash and Energy

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Want to cut down on energy consumption? From your thermostat and refrigerator to your smartphone and personal computer, these are the device setting hacks that you should know about.

Boost Battery Life

Today smartphones are the most used device. And it’s likely you could be cutting down on your energy consumption costs. Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 plus are already energy-efficient, but can be even more so with a few simple hacks. It’s longtime charge of 11 hours can be optimized by turning off the Always On display. This setting draws a bit of juice that can wear down the battery life, but by disabling it via the Settings menu, you can earn yourself extra battery life. Also, changing your Galaxy S8 plus screen resolution from 2960x1440 to 1440x720 can also work wonders when it comes to extending your battery life.

Disable Notifications

Notifications can get annoying. And these annoying alerts drain energy. Manage your device’s alerts in the settings center and opt for the alerts that you want or need only. Do you really need to know how many likes your latest Instagram post is getting in real time?

Use Sleep Mode Power Settings

Named one of Energy Star’s most efficient desktop computers of 2017, the ASUS MB169 is a portable, lightweight computer that is a simple choice for energy efficiency. But not only is the model itself efficient, it comes equipped with a host of eco-friendly, energy-saving settings to reduce your footprint. One such setting is the MB169’s sleep mode. Rather than turning your system off, then on again, sleep mode, or standby, uses less energy from the outlet than powering down, utilizing the least amount of power necessary. A constantly running PC can run you about $130 per year. Putting it to sleep can save you some coin.

Switch Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

These two are major energy suckers. Turn them off. When they are on, your phone is constantly searching for a signal to pull from, which drains your phone’s battery and wastes unnecessary energy. For iPhone users, deselect these options in the slide up control center.

Turn Down the Thermostat

Want to save as much as 10 percent on your heating and cooling costs? It’s simple. Turning your thermostat back by seven to 10 degrees for eight hours each day from its normal setting can do the trick. Just switch it back before heading into work, and when you come home, switch it back on, cites the U.S. Department of Energy. It’s that easy. Programmable thermostats, also called smart thermostats or learning thermostats, like Nest or EcoBee can also save you money, plus you can control them directly from your smartphone remotely.

Manage Your Brightness

This should go without saying. Managing your screen brightness, no matter what device you’re using, whether it’s a tablet, computer or phone, can cut energy usage, because you’re not constantly searching for an outlet, and also save battery life. Disable automatic brightness and enable manual control of your display brightness. For iOS users, you can do this by tapping Settings, then Brightness on your device.

Set the Right Temp

Is your refrigerator running? You can save money on your utilities and conserve energy by ensuring that your refrigerator is running at an optimal temperature. Energy Star recommends setting the temperature between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping the door closed and regularly checking the seals can also save money and energy.


Lauren Topor full-time freelance writer and alumna of Arizona State University. Her professional work has appeared in a variety of publications from lifestyle mags to business websites. Follow Lauren on Twitter @laurentopor.