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Beware of Energy Vampires on Halloween

Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 at 4:10 pm by Solar Energy USA
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Since today is Halloween, we want to take the opportunity to talk about something all of us will be running into – vampires. Specifically, Energy Vampires.

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Even when household appliances are turned off, most are still drawing small amounts energy.

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Energy Vampires come from things like televisions and cell phone chargers. When plugged in, they use electricity 24 hours a day, just sitting and waiting for you to turn on a switch or recharge something. In standby mode, even when not being used, electricity drawn can be as much as 15 or 20 watts for each. This might not seem like much, but it adds up fast. In fact, its more than $100 dollars per year for an average home!

Here’s a list of the biggest Energy Vampires  in your home:

  • Televisions—especially plasma and LCD TVs
  • Cable box units and DVRs
  • Window air conditioners
  • Computers
  • Video game systems
  • Microwave ovens
  • Power tools like drills, screwdrivers, and saws.

Here are a few simple tips to escape Energy Vampires and save money within the home:

  • Use a power strip with an on/off switch to plug in a group of items — for example, cell phone and MP3 chargers. When you unplug a device from the charger, just flip the power switch off
  • Install a programmable thermostat and save $180 dollars per year through proper use with the 4 pre-programmed settings
  • Insulate pipes and ducts
  • Change your light bulbs in your 5 most used light fixtures to LEDs or CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lights) and save $70 dollars each year in energy costs
  • Change your home air filter a minimum of every 3 months
  • Make sure that all vents are clear of furniture or rugs to improve air flow and comfort
  • Turn off all lights, fans, and electronics when leaving a room
  • Sell or remove any old, secondary refrigerators or freezers (older models can cost $100 dollar or more per year to operate)
  • Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible
  • Use the right sized pot on stovetop burners (a 6” pot on an 8” burner wastes over 40% of the burner’s heat. Also, cover pots and pans to keep heat in)
  • Use the shower instead of the bathtub when bathing and install a new low-flow showerhead (save up to $145 dollars per year)
  • Caulk any visible openings on building structure
  • Install a thermal attic door cover
  • Insulate wall sockets
  • Use ENERGY STAR products and also visit www.energystar.gov for more ideas and tips

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