Standby power is the culprit. When appliances are off but plugged in, many of them still drain power. While the consumption is much less than when the appliance is turned on, it still pulls a few watts at a time for nothing. Yet, I wasn't ready to turn into my grandmother who unplugs everything from her toaster to her lamps when they're not in use. Her electric consumption is admirable, but I'm not that devoted.
Indicators of standby power vampires are easy to spot. These features often pull electric even when the appliances are off:
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I hate getting the electric bill, and now I am going to do an audit of electricity vampirism as well.
I have purchased a wonderful thing to help with vampyric electricity.
Its a Belkin remote controlled power strip.
You put the remote next to next to the light switch and when you go to bed, you flip the switch and push the remote and it turns off all power to the items are plugged into the strip, and designated to get no power when the remote is off. We have all of our electronics for our TV center plugged in, and the only thing that gets to keep power is the DVR when we shut off the strip.
it has made a huge gap in our power bill.
We also have unplugged everything int he house we don't use on a daily basis. (lamps/clocks/tv/s in guest rooms).
I think I need to walk around the house and start unplugging now. Not sure how much it will save, though.
Wow! This really opened up my eyes, especially since I had just opened my electric bill a few minutes before reading this and cringing. I'm taking a look around myself now. Thanks for the info.
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