Hiding in plain sight, they are found in homes across the country. Whether you like it or not, the energy vampires suck energy from your home. These energy vampires can easily account for 10% of your monthly energy costs. Even after switching off, energy vampires are appliances and devices that draw electricity. You can save on your utility bills and make your home more energy-efficient with a little know-how. In order to learn more about energy vampires and how you can rid them from your home once and for all, we at Peterkin Electric would like to share a guide concerning the energy vampires in your home.
What are Some Energy Vampire Appliances?
Below are some examples of devices that suck power from outlets when they are not in use.
Products with Remote Controls. In addition to the family room, it is common for people to have a TV in the bedrooms, and perhaps other spaces. Even when they aren’t turned on, each one of those TVs is drawing energy.
Appliances that Feature Clocks. All the digital faces that light up your space at night is something to think about. A few culprits include your oven, microwave, and coffee maker.
Rechargeable Devices. When they are off, phone chargers, remote vacuum cleaners and electric toothbrushes all pull electricity.
Computers. Notorious for electrical vampirism are both laptops and desktops. Opting to let the screen saver run, a lot of homeowners leave their computers on 24/7.
More Power is Consumed Over Time
It is easy to see how this waste affects your home’s energy bill with so many potential energy vampires. When they are not in use can run up your energy bill, have these appliances draw electricity. It is simple to see how this can add 10% to your energy bill each month after factoring in how many devices you keep plugged in. By banishing energy vampires, an average household can save up to one hundred dollars a year.
How Do You Stop Vampire Appliances
Licensed electricians understands the effects of energy vampires and can help people become more aware. Below we at Peterkin Electric would like to offer are some energy-saving tips to help you be more energy efficient.
1) Invest in Surge Protector. Into one power strip, plug a few devices that you use often together. Instead of going around unplugging each item, using a surge protector allows you to cut power to all the devices at once.
2) Complete Shut Down. At the end of the day, shut your computer down. Set your device to go to sleep as opposed to letting the screen saver run when you are away from the keyboard.
3) Unplug. Once they have charged, unplug chargers as well as unplugging rarely used appliances. Even after the battery reaches one hundred percent, chargers continue to draw electricity.
Increasing Awareness About Energy Efficiency
You can take the next steps now that you have a better understanding of what makes an electrical vampire. A noticeable difference can be made with just a few simple changes. Save on your energy bills in the process as you rid your home of these wasteful habits.