An energy ‘vampire’ is a device that continues to use energy, even when it is turned off. Devices like phone chargers, computers, gaming consoles, DVRs, TVs, and even coffee pots draw small amounts of power when off. Try the following tips to reduce wasted energy:
- Unplug devices that you use infrequently. For example, unplug old speakers, BlueRays, DVD players, VCRs, gaming devices, and landline chargers that you rarely use.
- Put clusters of devices that are usually used together on smart power strips. Use the switch to turn the devices on only when you use them (e.g., TV+DVD+cable box or computer+monitor+printer)
- Unplug smartphone and other electronics chargers when not in use or use a plugin on/off switch to cut off power when not in use.
- Use an electricity usage monitor to locate devices that use a lot of standby power and keep them unplugged or on a smart power strip. Simple to use, these monitors plug into outlets with an appliance plugged into the monitor. They are available for purchase online.
Also check out the Take Action! online tool for information on reducing standby power use and other steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient.