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Are Energy Vampires Running Up Your Monthly Utility Bills?

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

power strip energy efficient electronicsWhile it may sound like the stuff of nightmares, energy vampires are real. These drainers lie in wait, often going unnoticed, slowly sucking energy out of your house. Energy vampires are the many appliances and electronics found in most homes. They're so named because they continue to use energy even when they're turned off or in standby mode. And though you may not realize it, these drainers can have pretty big fangs. Learn more about where these sneaky vampires may be hiding in your home and how you can slay them once and for all.

Spotting an Energy Vampire

Considering today's technologically-based world, most homes are infested with energy draining appliances and electronics. Computers and their related equipment, TVs, surround sound systems and cable or satellite boxes are some of the biggest culprits. In general, the following are some more common examples of energy vampires:

  • External power supplies
  • Battery/cell phone chargers
  • Devices with continuously running light displays, such as an alarm clock

Slaying the Energy Drainers

  • Unplug energy consuming appliances and electronics when not in use.
  • Connect electronics to a power strip to make turning them off easier. By plugging related equipment into one strip (i.e. televisions, gaming consoles and DVD players in one, and computers, printers, routers and modems in another), shutting them all off is easily done with a single switch. There are even "smart" power strips available that automatically turn off when connected equipment isn't being used.
  • Turn on the energy-saving features that are available with many modern electronics when possible.
  • Purchase appliances and electronics that have earned the Energy Star label when it's time to upgrade. Products that have qualified for this lofty designation will use the least amount of energy when they go into standby mode.

Do you need more tips on how to put a stake in your home's energy vampires? Please feel free to contact us at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling anytime.

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Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

Topics: Energy Star, energy star appliances, energy vampires, energy consumption, energy star label

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