The Vampire Power …. a Halloween-ish explanation of the energy sucked by our devices when we don’t use them

Vampire power is the power that electrical devices use even when they are turned off or in standby mode. The little power switch isn’t enough to protect us from unnecessary expense as appliances, entertainment center, cell phone chargers suck money by consuming electricity – even when the power is off.

It’s a video made for the States by  iGo, a company that’s making cool products to slay the vampires.. In fact, according to the US Department of Energy households bleed an average of $1,000 every year, as 40 percent of all electricity use goes to feed these phantoms.

Educational…. And really funny!

But you shouldn’t be afraid of vampire power! There are many ways to protect yourself from these monsters:

  • Use a power strip: Plug your chargers (for laptops, electric toothbrushes, cell phones, etc.) into a power strip, and when you’re not using them, turn the power strip off. If this isn’t an option, simply unplug your chargers when your devices have full batteries.
  • Turn your computer off: Completely shut down your computer and printer when not in use. If you are unable to do so, at least make sure the computer goes into a low-power sleep, standby or hibernate mode. Watch out for screen savers! They actually waste power.
  • Look for the Star: Upgrade electronics and appliances to ENERGY STAR-rated models, which draw less power than average when in “off” mode.
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