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Homes Haunted by Power Vampires

Homes Haunted by Power Vampires

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.

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Adapted from The Carbon Busters Home Energy Handbook, by Godo Stoyke (New Society Publishers, 2007). Copyright (c) 2007 by Godo Stoyke. Reprinted by permission of New Society Publishers.
Adapted from The Carbon Busters Home Energy Handbook, by Godo Stoyke (New Society Publishers, 2007).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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8:52PM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Interesting, there are always a number of interesting tips out there on the internet to save power.

8:26AM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

Good to know!

6:21AM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

good info!

4:02PM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

An interesting article with (what I at least) thought was a catchy title. I understand what you are saying and whilst will strive to switch things off when I can, I see little little point in supporting sites such as this one if I don't at least try but in honesty the one thing that I always seem to lack is time. Maybe you (we) should be petitioning manufactures to build in a facility where an appliance switches itself off if it hasn't been used for a period on time.

2:24AM PDT on May 12, 2011

ok

5:04PM PST on Feb 23, 2011

hahaha. i find it funny that everything has "vampires" in it now. pathetic. we don't follow trends here at Care2.com

5:25PM PST on Feb 18, 2011

No wonder! My house has full wired web

2:26PM PST on Feb 7, 2011

That is why we NEED green energy!

6:07AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

Unfortunately, some of these things are indispensable.

6:07AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

Unfortunately, some of these things are indispensable.

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