Your home is most likely haunted by power vampires. Most of us have 10 to 30 power vampires, or power leeches—electrical devices that continuously draw power from your power outlets, even when not supplying any useful service. As a simple rule, the more gadgets in your home, the more power vampires. How many of these sneaky, insidious vampires haunt your home?
The power consumption of power vampires adds up. A recent study found that together they accounted for 5 to 20 percent of total home power consumption, even exceeding the traditionally higher user (the fridge in some homes.) Power vampires are the fastest-growing power users in our homes.
If you eliminate 90 percent of your power vampires in five years you will save $524, 33,700 pounds of C02, and 5,300 kWh of power.
Always a Power Vampire
Laptop chargers, fax machines, answering machines, printer, TVs, cable boxes, cable modems, modems, VCRs, DVD players, DVD recorders, digital video recorders, photocopier with paper sorter, phone chargers, hubs and routers, iPod chargers, video camera battery charger, night light.
Usually a Power Vampire
LCD monitor, audio system, photocopier without paper sorter, plugged-in electric toys.
May Be a Power Vampire
Desktop computer, CRT monitor, battery charger for AA, AAA, D, C, and 9V batteries (Nickel-Cadmium and Nickel-Metal hydride), boom box, battery chargers for rechargeable devices.
Never a Power Vampire
Incandescent lamps, compact fluorescent lights.
Adapted from <i>The Carbon Busters Home Energy Handbook,</i> by Godo Stoyke (New Society Publishers, 2007). Copyright (c) 2007 by Godo Stoyke. Reprinted by permission of New Society Publishers.