Home Electronics: The Energy Vampires

Did you know that an estimated 10 to 15 percent of all electricity used in the home is typically consumed by electronic devices? Thus, computers, televisions and other electronics are termed ‘vampires’ as they suck energy while they are plugged in, even when not in use.

Home electronics seem to keep multiplying in this day and age. Here are three ways to reduce home electronic energy use:

  1. When shopping for new electronic products look for the ENERGY STAR label. These are certified energy savers.
  2. Plug in home electronics into a power strip and utilize the on/ off switch. By using the off switch, this will ensure that no power is delivered to the outlet, thus saving energy and money on your energy bill.
  3. Realize the difference between on and off. The primary power modes are active (meaning on and in use), active standby (mobile device charging), passive standby (microwave not in use), and finally the off mode (completely off and non-operational until powered on). Unplug electronics and chargers when not in use.
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