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Beware of Energy Vampires this Halloween

Beware of Energy Vampires this Halloween

BEWARE! There are vampires lurking in your home!

“Vampire energy” draw occurs whenever gadgets and appliances are plugged in and aren’t on. It takes electricity to power the little clocks on your DVD player and microwave, and even electronics that are completely off draw some energy as long as they are plugged in.

Electronics use about 9% of the energy in your home, but experts estimate that almost 1/5 of this energy goes to waste through this vampire effect. Every time you insert the little fangs of your cellphone charger in an outlet and leave it there without the phone attached, you’re letting vampires suck up energy and money!

The average U.S. household spends about $100 per year to power devices while they are off. And, over time, many microwaves and televisions actually consume more electricity during the hours they're not in use than the times you're actually using them to heat up dinner or watch your favorite show. Yikes!

How do you fight off the ravages of vampire power?

The first step is to identify which electronic devices drain power when not in use. Using an energy meter will provide information on how much energy you are using and through which products. This will easily show how much money and CO2 you are saving, once you start unplugging things or using a smart powerstrip. Or, if you find that old devices are draining the most energy, you can start replacing them with more energy-efficient devices – preferably with the energy star label.

Another easy way to reduce vampire power...

Is by changing the energy management settings on your computer - set it to sleep after 5 or 10 minutes of inactivity rather than having the screen on all the time. Or, simply plug your computer into a smart powerstrip– an easy way to automate many energy saving steps.

Take 31% off these power strips, energy meters and more during ClimateStore's Halloween Sale, now through November 2, 2014.

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