Saving Energy by Slaying Energy Vampires
Vampires don’t just live in books and movies – they live in your home, too, sucking energy from your electronic devices and causing your electric bill to be higher than it needs to be.
According to the Energy Information Institute, the average U.S. household spends about $2,000 a year on electricity, and about 10 percent of that, or $200, is spent paying for electricity you’re not even using.
The Institute estimates that you could be paying even more if you have lots of energy vampires in your home, such as desktop computers, laptops, televisions, stereos, and other home electronics that have a standby mode used to keep the devices “sleeping,” but not completely off so that they power up quickly.
However, in order to start saving energy and reduce your electricity costs, you have to first find the source of the energy vampires, and then you have to slay them.