Beware of the Energy Vampires!
Energy vampires are devices that use electricity even when they are turned off. Together they can account for up to 20 percent of your electric bill. You can improve your home’s energy savings by identifying and unplugging these money suckers. Some Examples are:
Wall Warts:Cords used with laptop computers, TV's and some cable TV equipment are often joined in the middle by large black boxes and use energy as long as they remain plugged in.
Devices (such as cell phone chargers) that have a large plug. They consume energy, even when the device to be charged is not attached.
Devices that turn on instantly via remote control Devices with standby light or clock
It sounds too simple to be true, but unplugging devices when not in use can save you money. By controlling your energy vampires, you can improve your energy savings.
- Use energy-saving features commonly built into personal computers.
- Plug wall warts and bricks into power strips, and turn them off when not needed. Using “smart” power strips makes it even easier. These power strips automatically cut off power when devices are not in use.
(From Duke Energy www.duke-energy.com)