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Identify and Eliminate Energy Vampires

Energy vampires are devices that use electricity even when they are turned off. Together they can account for up to 20 percent of your electric bill. Energy vampires even gave Sir Purr, the Carolina Panthers’ mascot, a recent scare. Watch Sir Purr learn about and fight energy vampires in his home!

You can improve your home’s energy savings by identifying and unplugging your energy vampires. Here are some examples of energy vampires: Wall Wart

Wall Warts: Devices – such as cell phone chargers – have a large plug. They consume energy, even when the device to be charged is not attached. Brick

Bricks: Cords used with laptop computers, televisions and some cable TV equipment are often joined in the middle by large black boxes. These “bricks” use energy continuously as long as they remain plugged in.

Other examples are:

  • Cable/satellite boxes
  • Digital TV converters
  • DVR, VCR, DVD players
  • Mobile/cellular devices
  • MP3 players
  • Video game consoles
  • Standby coffee makers
  • Devices that turn on instantly via remote control
  • Devices with standby light or clock

Unplug Energy-Consuming Vampires
It sounds too simple to be true, but unplugging devices when not in use can save you money.

Eliminate Vampires to Make A Difference
By controlling your energy vampires, you can improve your energy savings.

  • Use energy-saving features commonly built into personal computers.
  • Plug wall warts and bricks into power strips, and turn them off when not needed. Using “smart” power strips makes it even easier. These power strips automatically cut off power when devices are not in use.

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