Most people today are worried about saving money and reducing their family's carbon footprint. We do this by turning off the lights, installing energy-saving devices and ensuring that our homes are efficient in every way we can. But did you know that there are many appliances in your home that may consume energy and cost you money, even when they are completely turned off? Read on to learn more about these "energy vampires" and how you can prevent them from quietly wasting your home's energy resources.
What is an energy vampire?
According to Duke Energy, "an energy vampire is a device that continues to use energy and drain power, even when it is turned off. These phantom power suckers can account for as much as 20% of your monthly electricity bill ." This also sometimes called phantom or standby or leaking energy. Common energy vampires include TVs, microwaves, computers, video game consoles, charging cables of all kinds, kitchen equipment and even your hair dryer.
Energy vampires in your home:
Clocks or standby functions: If you have a device that can be set or switched on later, or that includes a clock, it's probably an energy vampire.
Wall warts and power packs: When the power adapter for your device also contains the plug that goes into the wall, this is called a "wall wart" because it often makes it impossible to use the other plug a standard socket. Whether your gadget uses a wart or just has an AC adapter (the bulky drawers that are common for laptops and phone chargers, video game consoles and many other modern devices), these are some of the worst sins when it comes to vampire energy use.
Fans, lamps and other long-lasting appliances: Although they do not fit the technical definition of "energy vampire", it is still a good idea to pay attention to any electrical appliances that you may have a tendency to leave driving for hours in stretch.
How to combat the energy use of vampires:
Make disconnection a habit: Instead of just turning off your devices, get used to disconnecting them completely. This is a safe way to prevent the energy use of vampires.
Use power outlet: Power outlet allows you to easily control multiple devices and turn them off at the same time.
Get help from more gadgets: If you are forgetful or just do not want the hassle of having to unplug the energy vampires in your home, you can buy smart power adapters or electrical outlets that can do it for you.
Investing in Smart Technology: Smart technology can help you track your home's energy use and monitor it remotely, among other things. If you are someone who regularly forgets to turn things off, with the ability to remotely control your appliances and chargers, you can save a lot on energy costs in the long run.
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