While it might be Halloween time and when you think of Vampires the ones that suck your blood might be the first thing that comes to mind. But there is another Vampire that sucks your electricity and costs you some money.
With energy efficiency becoming a bigger topic of conversation many people have heard that newer appliances, computers, and TV’s are using less power now than ever. One way this is accomplished is the reduction of phantom or vampire loads.
Vampire loads suck power even when the power button is off. This costs the average house $100 a year. http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=about.vampires This might not sound like allot but it is an average and who wouldn’t want to keep a hundred in their pocket. When buying something new look at the standby usage or look for Energy Star label. With existing devices turn off the power strip or unplug the item when not in use. Almost anything that is plugged in can use power even when off. Clocks, lights, and transformers all suck power.
In a recent discussion a someone realized that the garage door opener uses about $15 a year in electricity just by being plugged in. Two door and you’re a third of the way to the average.