So what does this mean for the consumer? While your TVs, video games, stereo systems and other like appliances are in off mode, they’re still costing you money from an electrical standpoint – not as much as it would be if the machines were on, but still costing money.
Machines such as these are called vampire appliances, basically because they suck up electricity and bleed your energy dollars in doing so. A typical home can host anywhere from 15-30 vampire appliances, which could cost you hundreds of dollars per year. Consider the money lost as money you could have used during this holiday season.
There are a couple of helpful solutions to fighting vampire appliances. The most extreme answer is to unplug the machines you’re not using. Granted, that’s difficult considering you use them all most of the time.
A more reasonable solution is to use smart power strips with on/off buttons. Another solution would be to purchase energy-efficient appliances. Televisions with the Energy Star label could save you a large amount of dollars down the road versus the conventional television.
Our expert Dallas TX electricians can offer additional tips to save you money and keep the vampires from the sucking the life out of your home and your wallets. Feel free to call our commercial and residential electrical company today, or contact us online for additional information.