Don’t look now, but your home is infested with vampires. Not the kind that flutter in the night and suck your blood, but the type of energy vampire that, little by little, drains away energy. This causes your monthly electric bills to be unnecessarily high with also wasting a substantial amount of energy.
Here are some ways to identify and get rid of these energy vampires.
The Nature of Energy Vampires
Energy vampires are those electronic devices that use a small amount of electrical power to maintain clocks, timers, and internal settings. They consume this energy even when they are turned off. Common household energy vampires are devices with clocks and equipment that can be turned off and on by remote control. They include:
- Stoves and microwaves
- DVD players
- DVR recorders
- CD players and audio equipment
- Air conditioners
- Video game equipment
- Chargers for cell phones and other devices
Though any one of these devices might use only a small amount of standby energy to maintain clocks and settings, over time (and multiplied by several devices), the amount of wasted energy becomes substantial.
Getting Rid of Energy Vampires
Ridding your house of energy vampires requires a few simple steps.
- Unplug when not in use: When you aren’t using these devices, unplug them from the wall socket. Alternatively, you can plug several into a power strip and shut them all down at once by turning off the power strip.
- Pay particular attention to chargers: Cell phone chargers are especially wasteful when they are plugged in, so get in the habit of unplugging them when you remove your phone from the charger.
- Use built-in energy management: Many devices, such as computers, will have built-in energy management features that reduce standby energy consumption. Use these features to decrease the amount of energy the device uses when not in use.
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