Don’t Waste Your Candy Money on Power Vampires

October 17, 2010

Watch out! You might have power vampires in your home!

No, these aren’t trick-or-treaters that started early, power vampires are energy stealers that suck electricity even when devices in your home are off.

Standby LightAccording to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average U.S. household pays $100 per year to power electronics and appliances while they are off or in standby mode.

“Many of the most common home electronics, such as computers and some kitchen appliances, are the biggest energy guzzlers,” said Val Jensen, vice president, Marketing and Environmental Programs, ComEd. “These electronics waste energy when they are left plugged in and can add up to 10 percent to your monthly electric bill.”

ComEd wants its customers to be aware of power vampires and offers these tips for slaying them and saving money:

*Use a power strip with an on/off switch to fully power down home electronics while in standby mode.

*Use a power strip for multiple battery chargers so it can be switched off when not charging.

*Unplug or switch off all nonessential devices when you are preparing to leave town.

*Unplug your charger for your cordless phone, portable music play or other portable device after it’s recharged.

*Turn off your computer and monitor when you aren’t using them, and use sleep mode over screen savers, which do not save as much energy.

*Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips and turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use.

TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power. Remember that while unplugging your DVR or TiVo can save you money, your system will not be able to record set programs without power.

Event: From now through Halloween, visit Brookfield Zoo and Lincoln Park Zoo to take a look inside ComEd’s shadowboxes, which will explain power vampires and provide more tips on banishing these electric-sucking nightmares from your home forever.

You can also get more energy saving tips at www.comed.com/smartideas.

Now, let’s get back to those trick-or-treaters. Got any good candy yet?

Power Vampires

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