Power Strips & Vampire Power

Unplug the thug

Many electronics and small appliances continue to draw power even when they are turned off. According to the Department of Energy, the average household may spend about $100 per year to power devices while they are off (or in standby mode).

You can save money and prevent energy waste by unplugging small appliances, electronics and chargers when they are not in use. Items that use standby power include computers, printers, fax machines, DVD players, TVs, stereos, coffee makers, video game systems, Digital Video Recorders and other equipment with lights/indicators or digital clocks.

Power strip

To make it easier, you can plug these items into a power strip that can be turned off when your electronics are not in use (or when cell phones or other devices are fully charged).

Advanced power strips can sense when your electronics are idle and cut off the power flow to them. Look for advanced power strips online or at electronics retailers.

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