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Release date- 30102013 -
Vampire power, also known as phantom loads or standby power is the energy used by certain plugged-in appliances and electronic devices, even when they are in standby mode or turned off. The most common culprits include electronics with remote controls, built in clocks or timers and instant-on features such as television, computers, printers, video game consoles and DVD players. But anything with a plug can be a phantom power user.
So, for example, even if your microwave is turned off, if its plug is in the socket - vampire power is being sucked away. Even if your cell phone is fully charged, if the charger is plugged in, power is continuing to be sapped - and so is your money.
While it might seem like a trivial amount of power, that wasted energy can add up over time and show up on your monthly utility bills. According to the
'Vampire power can be compared to having a leaky faucet,' said
But fortunately there are some simple steps that can help you slay energy vampires:
Purchase an advanced power strip and plug appliances into it.
Unplug small transformers (battery chargers and power adapters) when products are fully charged or not in use. Small transformers come with many electronics such as cell phones and electric shavers and plug into standard wall outlets.
Check the label. If purchasing an Energy Star-labeled product, choose the model that uses the least amount of vampire, phantom or standby power. If the amount isn't listed on the label, visit the
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