Cut up to 25% of your electronics electricity usage by slaying energy vampires lurking around your home.
What is an “energy vampire?” It’s an appliance or electronic device that continues to suck energy while turned off or in stand-by mode. According to ENERGY STAR®, this stand-by power, also called phantom power or vampire power, costs U.S. households more than $11 billion a year!
Learn how to identify energy vampires around your home or business, and take action to stop them from draining your budget.
Top 5 Energy Vampires:
- Computers and computer-related equipment (modems, routers, etc.)
- Instant-on TVs (LED, LCD and rear-projection). Rule of thumb: larger screens use more energy
- Surround sound systems
- Cable or satellite TV boxes
- Household items with a clock (e.g. microwave, DVD player, etc.)
Other energy vampires often have an external power supply, use a remote control or are used to charge a battery (think of your cell phone chargers.)
Arm yourself with these “wooden stakes” to slay energy vampires around your home:
- Unplug chargers and electronic devices that are not in use. Many devices have an indicator light that will let you know when a device is fully charged and can be unplugged.
- Plug your appliances into a power strip. Traditional power strips don’t lower energy usage. They can be used to easily power off all devices plugged into it. Smart or advanced power strips are designed to shut down devices in standby mode and eliminate sources of energy vampires. Occupancy sensors also help by shutting off devices when no one’s around.
- Purchase ENERGY STAR® products. If you’re using outdated appliances or electronic devices, consider upgrading to more efficient ENERGY STAR®-certified models. ENERGY STAR® devices are made to use less energy, lower standby power and guarantee significant energy savings.
- Upgrade to smart devices. It’s easier than ever to become more energy efficient. Small devices like smart thermostats and smart bulbs can be simple solutions for energy savings. Smart thermostats and Smart LED bulbs are more energy efficient and detect motion to shut off when rooms are unoccupied. Some devices can also be controlled from your smartphone.
Get more savings solutions at EnergySaver.gov.