Meet energy vampires – the sneaky, often overlooked electronics and appliances that slowly feed off power from inside your home. Avoid spooky bills by learning how to stop energy vampires in their tracks.
Unplug energy vampires
The first and most effective step to slay energy vampires is to cut off their power. Go room-by-room through your home and unplug any unnecessary electronics. Start with items you don’t use regularly and those that use a considerable amount of energy.
Use power strips
When you plug electronics into a power strip, you’re controlling power flow for multiple items at once with just one switch. A smart power strip can actually tell when electronics are in standby mode, and automatically cut off power – helping you save money.
Put them in sleep mode
Energy vampires despise sleep mode because as long as this feature is on, they can’t drain as much energy from your devices. Search your home for items that have a sleep feature and use it.
Upgrade your items
If your gadgets are old, chances are they’re using more energy than a newer model. Assess your items and consider upgrading those electronics and appliances that are old and failing. While you’re shopping, be sure to look for the ENERGY STAR® logo for added energy efficiency and savings.
Protect energy vampire prey
- Mobile phone chargers
- Stereos and speakers
- Video games
- Hairdryer and styling tools
- Small kitchen appliances, including coffee makers
Unplugging energy vampires can lower your electric bill up to 10%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.