When it comes to electrical devices, most people are well aware of the energy usage that occurs when appliances are powered on. Once devices are turned off however, most fail to realize that they are still draining energy until they are unplugged. This occurrence has a number of names, including the phantom load, phantom power, and standby power, but is most commonly referred to as vampire energy.
This stems from devices’ need to perform updates and essentially lie in waiting for use, as everything from the television to printers, stereos, and even garage door openers drain after shutdown. And the fact of the matter is that for many devices, the amount of electricity used when they’re powered down is almost as much as when they are actually in use, meaning you could be unnecessarily doubling your energy consumption.
In addition to the obvious energy drainers, there are some more obscure vampires within the home that add to the amount of energy wasted including the air conditioning unit, coffeemaker, and even electric toothbrushes. Depending on your home state, the total expense you incur from the phantom load can vary, but it can also total to several hundred dollars each year. And with the greater adoption of smart technology in homes today, people are only adding to their hoard of energy leeches.
To begin reducing the effects of vampire energy on your home and your electric bill today, there are a number of tips to consider. Energy efficient appliances can be purchased that are able to use less energy than standard devices and minimize the electricity required for operation. Device plugins can even be consolidated into a power strip, which will minimize standby power by cutting off the flow of electricity when the strip is unplugged. And that’s just the beginning. There are many ways to slay vampire energy and start saving at home.