Control Your Vampire This Halloween

 Powering your energy bills this Halloween season can be less frightening if you learn to control the vampires in your home. Vampire Voltage is when appliances are consuming electricity even though they are not in use. Some examples include computer monitors, televisions, and battery chargers.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), some electrical appliances and devices with stand-by functions use up to 20% of their energy consumption when not in use. So that little red blinking light in your kitchen or hallway could be costing you NYC pizza money. The DOE estimates that a typical American household spends anywhere from 5% to 10% of their annual power bill a year on electrical appliances that consume energy on stand-by. That's a minimum of $130 for the average American family. That's 52 slices of pizza!

Tips to Stop Vampire Voltage

  1. Use power strips and advance power strips to toggle power flow off and on.
  2. Disconnect any chargers when not in use.
  3. Unplug appliances not used frequently.
  4. Use Energy Star certified devices and appliances.

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