Save energy in your home by locating and unplugging energy vampires.
These are the electronics and appliances that use energy even when they are turned off or not in use. Your electronic devices may not use much power when they are switched off, but even small losses add up. Energy vampires are responsible for an estimated 10% of the electricity that you use every month. The only way to stop that energy drain is to pull the plug.
One way to identify energy vampires is to start with devices that have remote controls—TVs, DVRs and audio equipment. And don’t forget gaming consoles and computers, monitors and printers. Another thing to check is chargers for cell phones, iPods, tablets and laptops, which use energy even when they’re not charging. If the device has an indicator light or clock that stays on, even when turned off, it's drawing power.
One easy solution is to plug your computer system, home entertainment system and other devices into a power strip. Then, with a single flip of a switch, you can really turn off everything plugged into the strip. Don’t forget to unplug any appliances—such as coffee makers and toaster ovens—when you aren’t using them.
Find more tips to save energy and lower your electric bill online or call member services, 800-421-0283, ext. 595.