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Zombie Appliances: Are Your Devices the Living Dead?

By NOPEC on October 27, 2023

As Halloween draws near, it’s a perfect time to shed light on a menace that might be lurking in your own home—zombie appliances. These are the energy-sapping devices that never truly power down, silently draining your resources even when you believe they are laid to rest. Examples include old TVs, desktop computers, and appliances with constant digital displays.


The frightening truth about zombie appliances is that they can contribute significantly to your energy bills without you even realizing it. While each individual appliance may not consume a massive amount of power, their collective effect can be horrifying! According to the U.S. Department of Energy, standby power can account for 10% or more of your household’s electricity use.


Zombie Hunting: Putting Undead Appliances to Rest

How can you fight back against the zombie apocalypse in your home? Grab your energy-saving stakes and put these zombies to rest. Here’s how:


Unplug When Not in Use

The simplest way to stop these zombies in their tracks is to unplug them when you’re not using them. Alternatively, use power strips to easily disconnect multiple devices at once.


Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Models

Consider replacing older, inefficient appliances with newer models. Look for the Energy Star label when shopping for new appliances.


Use Smart Power Strips

Smart power strips can automatically cut off power to devices when they’re not in use, preventing them from draining electricity.


Configure Sleep or Power-Saving Modes

Many modern devices have power-saving modes or sleep settings. Activate these to reduce energy consumption.


Regular Maintenance

Keep your appliances well-maintained. Clean or replace air filters, check for insulation leaks in your refrigerator and freezer, and make sure all moving parts like motors or fans are working properly.


As you prepare for Halloween, don’t forget to exorcise the zombies in your home—those energy-draining devices that just won’t quit. By taking steps to eliminate standby power consumption and investing in energy-efficient appliances, you’ll not only save money but also contribute to a more sustainable future. So, before you take down your Halloween decorations this year, take some time to hunt down your zombie appliances and give your energy bills a well-deserved rest.


Happy Halloween and may your energy bills be zombie-free!   

Tags: Energy Efficiency
Categories: Energy Efficiency

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