Beware of Energy Vampires
Don’t let your wallet be sucked dry by TVs, DVD players, cell phone chargers, power adapters, computers and other electronics that use vampire power, or standby power, even when they’re turned off.
Although individually these devices typically draw a only a very small amount of power, together it adds up especially when left plugged in 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To combat these energy vampires and reduce your consumption, unplug the appliances when not in use. Using a surge protector with multiple sockets will allow you to turn off multiple devices with one switch. A timer can automate turning on and off those electronics that are used on a regular schedule.
Replacing battery powered devices, such as cordless phones or rechargeable razors, with corded alternatives also cuts down on the standby power required to charge the battery and reduces energy lost in battery charging.
Get the Tax Refund You Deserve - for FREE!
This year, hard-working Central Floridians (and those who worked at any time in 2009) may qualify for a tax refund of up to $5,657 through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Get the tax refund you deserve – for FREE!
Claim the EITC and file your taxes at one of over 30 FREE tax preparation sites located throughout Central Florida. Don’t spend hundreds of dollars filing your taxes when you can file for free and receive 100% of your refund quickly and easily – usually within 10 days or less!
To qualify for the EITC you must meet some requirements, including:
- Have earned income from employment or self-employment (at any time in 2009)
- Have a valid Social Security number
- Must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien all year, or a nonresident alien married to a U.S. citizen or resident alien and filing a joint return
If you qualify and have already filed your taxes, you can re-file for this year and the last three years to claim your refund. That could result in more than $19,000 for you!
See if you qualify for the EITC and find a FREE tax preparation site near you. Visit www.hfuw.org or simply dial 2-1-1.