Saturday, August 30, 2008

Unplug Electronics

It turns out, simply turning off your TV just isn't enough any more.

Many appliances and electronics such as TVs, computers, stereos, washers/dryers, and power tools use energy even when they are turned off. This energy drain is commonly referred to as "vampire energy."

According to the Energy Information Administration, these suckers add up to around 20% of your monthly energy bill- and you are not even aware of it! On the website, it states, "that a TV with a remote could use more energy during the 20 hours it is turned off waiting for you to turn it on than it does while you are watching it for 4 hours in the evening." Crazy!

Consumers are paying more than 3 billion dollars a year for power that they are not using.

So, what can you do? Unplug electronics after you are finished using them. If you want an even simpler solution, just plug everything into power strips- it will be an easy one time switch off.

Remember, less energy use --> less fossil fuel use --> less pollution into our earth. Obviously, less money out of your pockets is a big bonus! So, unplug to stop the vampire drain!

This image is from TVA Kids.


JohnQ said...

I think this is bad advice to constantly unplug some electronics. The vampire power is there for a reason, to maintain the CPU's or circuit boards in the electronics. All the extra heating and cooling of going from cold circuit board to hot by unplugging will cause premature failure. So you might save a few dollars per year, but then have to replace the electronic device much sooner. Which one is really saving you money, and the environment ? Save $5 per year in electricity or buy a $500 electronic device every year ?

Anonymous said...

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