Sunday, September 8, 2013
The average household of people in the United States spend more than $100 per year on electronics that are turned off but still plugged in to a socket.
An estimated $10 billion is wasted each year in the United States on "vampire power", or energy that is used by electronic devices that are plugged in but have been turned off and not being used. Common examples of energy vampires are televisions, microwaves, electronic chargers, computers and battery-powered remote controls. About 10% of energy used in the average American household is thought to be vampire power, and it costs more than $100 per year for the average household. The effects of energy vampires can be reduced by unplugging unused electronics or using a central power strip which can be turned off when the devices plugged into it are not in use.