How You May Be Paying Hundreds of Dollars Extra on Your Energy BillSo it's summertime, and we know that along with summer comes the season of higher energy bills to keep cool. But what if you could be adding to your bill by 10% every month without even realizing it? You and most of America likely have an unwanted vampire visitor who's lurking around the dark corners of your outlets and power strips feasting on the power.
Many electronics that are part of our daily lives like TV's and cable boxes are not completely cut off from power when you turn them "off". Instead, they are generally in a lower-power mode that allows them to continue to be updated and in a state of being able to jump back into action upon your whims and wishes. This lingering power suck is called vampire energy and is not limited to TV's and cable boxes. Check out just how much power is being used by common household electronics:
The good news though is that YOU have the power, along with some tips we have here, to help you slay this fiend.
First, knowledge is power. Here are the top five energy vampires:
And here are some tips on keeping the excess energy suck at bay:
- Just Unplug!
- Sleep vs. Idle
- Energy-saving technology
- Use power strips
So make the switch this summer to incorporate some new energy-saving habits and take control of your power - your wallet will thank you later! H/T: Cnet.com, Energy.gov, PBS.org