I’m a Master Unplugger

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Did you know that electronics can still suck up energy even when you’re not using them? Look at your TV right now and you’ll see that even when turned off, there’s still some energy being used. Most electronics have status lights that are stay on. Microwaves have a clock on them that’s always on. Also, electronics still use some energy sometimes when they are plugged in even if you don’t see anything visible. If you have a lot of electronic devices, this could add more money to your electric bill. Month to month, you probably won’t see a huge difference, but when calculated over one year, you will definitely notice the difference.

The proper phrase that is used these days is vampire energy. This is when electronics suck up energy even when not in use. If you’re trying to save money, then why pay for electricity when you aren’t even using it? There are a few ways you can prevent electricity usage unless you actually need to use electronics.

Organize electronics to plug into a power strip
This is the easiest method to try to consolidate all your electronics and then just switch off the power strip when not in use. One flick of a switch and all electronics are officially off! Try plugging in items like lights into a different power strip that you don’t turn off. It’s best to put items you can turn off entirely on the power strip only. You can also just plug that into the wall socket.

Label and unplug specific electronics
I don’t have a lot of available electrical ports in my apartment so I can’t just plug everything into a power strip. My home phone isn’t quite close enough to a plug to keep it separate, so that goes into a power strip. The cord on my living room light is short so it can only be plugged in to a power strip. My alternative is to label all my cords to know which is which and selectively unplug items. So far, it’s working pretty well. The game systems are the easiest because we use them the least. We’ve been watching TV less also so we keep that unplugged most of the time now. The one we have in the bedroom is only used very rarely also.

Unplug all electronics during vacation
Of course, if you’re going away for a week or two unplug everything you can! Why pay for a week of electricity when you’re not even home? Clocks don’t need to stay on since you’re not at home to see them. It’ll take a little bit of fiddling once you get home, but at least you’ll have saved a little bit of money.

What do you do to combat vampire energy?


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