Billions of dollars are wasted each year on electricity for appliances that are "turned off."
Did you know that many of the plugged-in appliances in your home are still draining electricity even when they’re turned off?
In fact, turning off an appliance doesn’t completely stop the flow of electricity; it merely slows down the rate of energy consumption. And to make matters worse, many appliances don’t ever turn off. Instead they enter standby mode and continue to draw electricity to power displays, remote controls, and charge batteries. As such, many of the appliances in your home are draining energy from your outlets all day and all night, which is where the phrase “vampire energy” comes from.
Every year, billions of kilowatt hours of vampire energy are consumed by appliances that are “turned off.” In the US alone, more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of electricity are wasted each year, which collectively costs consumers over $11 billion! That means the average home in the US spends over $120 every year on vampire energy!
Not only is this a huge waste of money, but it also has a negative impact on the environment since most of the world’s electricity comes from fossil fuel power plants. Consequently, every year vampire energy adds millions of tons of unnecessary carbon emissions into the atmosphere. And unless we do something about it, this wasteful process will continue year in and year out.
Wondering how can you reduce the amount of electricity you waste in your home? Here are a few simple steps you can follow:
* Identify the appliances that consume vampire energy. Buy a low cost watt-meter to measure the amount of electricity your appliances use in standby mode, or perform the touch test: if the adapter remains warm while the appliance is turned off, it’s consuming vampire energy.
* Unplug appliances and chargers that consume vampire energy when they are not in use.
* If you have multiple appliances in the same area, use power strips to regulate the flow of electricity.
* When old appliances die, replace them with new energy efficient appliances. (Look for Energy Star appliances, which typically use less energy than other models)
* Ask to join your local power company’s “Smart Meter” program to track your energy usage in real time and see how much electricity you’re using.
* Try to use appliances that consume a lot of energy for specific tasks (such as the dishwasher, laundry, etc.) during off-peak hours
Don’t let vampire energy add to your bill and increase the amount of carbon pollution in the planet’s atmosphere. Take the pledge to reduce vampire energy in your home and tell your friends and family to join the movement to stop wasting energy!