Beware of Vampires

In by Dylan Woods

Day 6


Did you know that dormant electricity can account for 5 to 10 percent of your home’s energy use?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, appliances use about 75 percent of their energy when they’re turned off.

Take a scan of your home and unplug the appliances you’re not using. Toasters, coffee makers, microwaves, lamps, phone chargers, game systems—the list goes on and on. And don’t forget about the office! Taking the extra effort to shut off your computer at the end of the day can help save energy.

For convenience, plug appliances into a central power strip with an on/off switch. Turning off the power strip simultaneously cuts the power to all of those electronics, keeping the energy vampires at bay.