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Slay vampire electronics to save big money

Slay vampire electronics to save big money
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Americans spend $19 billion a year, or around $165 a household, on something completely wasteful. You’ve probably never thought about the electricity that's “always-on,” but idle electronics consume all day and night. According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, so-called “vampire electronics” use nearly a quarter of an average home's energy. It’s a real pain in the neck.

Identify your vampire electronics

You have vampire electronics in your home. According to the NRDC, 51% of vampire gadgets are consumer electronics, such as TVs, computers and home entertainment gear. Most of these go to sleep rather than turn completely off. That makes them start up quicker, but it also means a TV, for example, can cost you up to $54 a year in 24/7 electricity cost.

Other problem areas are kitchen and laundry appliances (6%), lighting (5%), and heating and cooling (4%). Likely because this study was done in California, it found 1% goes to electric cars. The remaining 34% is random gadgets like hot water recirculation pumps, surveillance cameras, floor fans, aquariums, and so forth.

If you want an idea of what your home's wasted electricity looks like, Duke Energy has an Energy Slayer Calculator. Just tell it what gadgets you have and it will give you an estimate of how much energy those gadgets are wasting. You’ll be surprised.

Next page: Find out which of your gadgets are costing you

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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