The most important part of a toaster’s environmental footprint comes from its use of electricity that, in most places, would have been produced at least partly by burning fossil fuels. Though toasters don’t use nearly as much energy as larger appliances, anything that runs on electricity increases the carbon footprint of your home. You can reduce this impact by purchasing a toaster that’s been certified as energy efficient by the EPA Energy Star program, the next time you have to buy a new one. Also, unplugging your toaster when not in use is an easy way to reduce its energy consumption; most household appliances continue to suck small amounts of electricity from the wall even when turned off, as long as they are plugged in.
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