Outlets & Power StripsEnergy Saving Tips
Check out these simple, cost-effective ways to prevent vampire loads—no garlic necessary.
The outlet might not be the most exciting part of a home, but it can be an important one when it comes to saving money on your electricity bill, especially when you consider all of the devices plugged into them—even if those devices are turned off. These so-called “vampire loads” can cause significant increases to your energy usage. Learn how to ward off these vampire loads and save money on your energy bill.
Vampire loads can tack on $200 to the average household’s yearly energy costs.
You Have the Power to Save Energy
Unplug Devices Not in Use
When electrical devices, such as laptops, cell phone chargers, and TVs, aren’t in use, they can still draw a vampire load in standby mode. These vampire loads, also called phantom loads, not only waste energy but can also end up costing you money on your electric bill. To save money on your electric bill, just remember: If you haven’t used it in at least a month, unplug it!
Use Smart Power Strips
Smart power strips can help manage vampire loads and save energy. These advanced power strips work by automatically shutting down devices that go into standby mode and keeping devices running that you want to leave on, such as a digital clock.
Cover Your Outlets
If you feel a draft near your outlets, consider getting plugs designed to cap unused outlets and foam gaskets. Outlet plugs will reduce air moving from the wall cavity into your living spaces, which can help keep your home warmer when it’s cold outside.