Many people don’t realize that their electronics may consumer power even when they are plugged in, but not in use. Some electronics use power because of their LED standby light, while others use up electricity simply being connected to an outlet. These electronics are commonly termed as “Vampire Electronics” as they suck up electricity without your knowledge.
Former assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander Karsner has said, “All devices have the potential to be vampire devices in the sense that its really the characteristic of sucking extra electricity while they’re in standby mode.”
These silent electronics can increase your electricity bill by $100 per year when those electronics are supposedly turned off, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Vampire electronics are usually cell phone chargers, televisions, DVD players, lamps, toasters, microwave ovens, etc. It is estimated that an average American household has around 30 to 50 vampire electronics. Many electronics may look completely turned off, but tend to use power to keep their electronic keypads on standby mode. Even your home computer draws up to 65 watts per hour when it is on a standby mode.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 40% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed when they’re in standby mode.
A few ways to reduce your electricity bill are:
- Unplug the electronics when they are not in use.
- Try using switch boards so one switch can turn off multiple outlets.
- Try using energy efficient appliances to save money.
- If you live in an area where electricity is deregulated, shop for an alternate electricity supplier like Glacial Energy.
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