Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Dressing up in crazy outfits, eating candy until my stomach hurt, what could be better? I was always that random kid in an obscure costume that none of the other kids understood. Didn’t any other 5th graders watch “I Love Lucy”?
Anyways! I was just thinking about my very first Halloween in the Energy Conservation Department. I thought I had the best costume idea ever- wait for it- an energy vampire! I know…sweet idea.
As you may recall from our recent quiz, standby power - electricity used by appliances when “off” but not unplugged - accounts for up to 10% of residential energy use.
An energy vampire is just another name for standby power. Basically, many of your electronics/appliances are “sucking up” energy even when they’re in off mode. Knowing what to look for and getting in the habit of unplugging these electronics/appliances is the first step to taking control of your energy bill. Show that energy vampire who’s boss!
So how does one identify an energy vampire? In the “off” mode, is there still a glowing light of some sort and/or is it warm? Take your TV for example. You turn it off but it still has a red glowing light down by the power button. Guess what folks - that means it’s still using energy.
To completely cut off the power flow, simply unplug your TV, or plug it into a power strip and flip the switch when you’re done. Repeat this process with other energy vampires found in your home.
And now you know how to slay an energy vampire without a stake or sunlight. Happy Halloween!
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