You may be surprised to discover that many appliances and electronics are sucking energy and costing you money — even after you have turned them off. Those household energy suckers often referred to as energy vampires, which include everything from microwave ovens to phone chargers, can continue to leech power from your home even while they are in standby mode.
Check out this graphic to learn how much energy some of the most common household items consume annually (assuming 11 cents per kWh):
Even if an individual device consumes only a single watt per hour, the cumulative effect of every appliance can really add up. According to energy.gov, these energy vampires can add 10 percent or more to your household’s monthly electricity bill and consume between 4 and 12 percent of the total energy used by your home.
A good way to judge the energy efficiency of a product is to look at its Energy Star rating. This rating can be found on many consumer goods such as computers, televisions, laundry machines, and refrigerators. Appliances with an Energy Star mark can be as much as 30 percent more efficient than required by federal regulations.
Another easy step to help you reduce wasted electricity is to make use of a power strip. It can easily be turned off at the flick of a switch and is a good option if you have multiple appliances plugged in. For an even more convenient solution, you can purchase a smart strip, which automatically cuts power to devices that are not in use.
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