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Energy Vampires

These ‘Energy Vampires’ Could be Draining Your Power & Money

Even if appliances and devices are turned off — if they’re still plugged in to electric outlets — they’re sucking up power. And, that could cost the average household up to $100-$200 a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

So, how can you tackle these so-called “energy vampires”? Besides unplugging devices or appliances not use, you can also control your energy use by using power strips to turn off multiple devices with just one switch. On computers, be sure to use the sleep mode function to minimize the amount of energy it’s using. And, always look for ENERGY STAR® rated appliances to help you save money for years to come.

Common Energy Vampires:

• Computer equipment, including printers

• TVs

• Video game consoles

• Surround sound systems

• Cable or satellite TV boxes

• Household items with a clock, such as coffee makers and Blue-ray/DVD players