Halloween is almost here, and a group of spooky energy vampires could be lurking in your home. These “vampires” are appliances and devices that continue to draw power from electrical outlets, even when turned off or in sleep mode, like most video game consoles. Some of these vampire devices can cause substantial increases to your energy usage, raising your energy bills every month and costing you and your family hundreds of dollars per year.
According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an appliance constantly taking in 1 watt of electrical current is equivalent to 9kWh per year, adding up to $1 in annual costs (basically $1/watt/annual). Considering how many appliances are used in an average household, costs can quickly add up to $100-200 a year.
The U.S. Department of Energy has prepared a list of cleverly ghoulish (and practical) actions to take care of energy vampires in your home for good.
(Infographic courtesy of NRDC)