Slaying Energy Vampires Can Save Americans Millions
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
(Washington, D.C. - Oct. 27, 2008) This Halloween, watch out for lurking energy vampires. These are the electronics and adapters that consume electricity when they are not being used. Power adapters and phone chargers are easy vampires to spot, and also easy to slay. Every energy vampire you vanquish saves you money, helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and helps in the fight against climate change.
“EPA encourages everyone to look for vampires in their home and get rid of this energy waste,” said Brian McLean, director of EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Protection. “Using less energy means less greenhouse gas emissions.”
The average U.S. household spends $100 per year to power devices while they are off (or in standby mode). On a national basis, this standby power accounts for more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of annual U.S. electricity consumption and more than $10 billion in annual energy costs.
These simple steps can protect our homes and offices from energy vampires:
· Unplugging power adapters or battery chargers when equipment is fully charged or disconnected from the charger.
· Using a power strip that can be switched off when electronics and appliances are not in use.
· Looking for the Energy Star label when purchasing products.
Slay Energy Vampires: http://www.energystar.gov