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Alex C Jones

It is true about chargers. In fact leaving those plugged in without charging anything can actually shorten the life of a charger. Stereos, VCRs, DVD players, etc, actually say "Stand by" and they have that clock, so if you unplug it, then when you plug it in, you have to reset the clock. Same with the microwave oven. But, toasters? If I can find a reasonably priced measuring device, then I will run some tests that and other appliances myself.

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

Our toaster oven has a green LED light that's on as long as it's plugged in, so it's still drawing power. But you're right--not as much as the other things you mentioned.

I always appreciate your comments, Alex!

Alex C Jones

My first thought is "I got to get one of those!" and to run out to buy a toaster that has a green LED light, because our toaster does not have one.

On the other hand, I have received the message of your previous blog articles, and have fought the consumerist urge, and am learning to be happy with the toaster we have.

If I do buy a meter and run some tests, then maybe I can compare it with other toasters. Maybe someone else has done that research. I'll see if I can find it first.

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

That's the spirit, Alex--resist the urge to buy more things when what you already have will do just fine!

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