Is Vampire Energy Draining You?

WRITTEN BY Damian Dalton

June 2, 2022

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Is Vampire Energy Draining You?

by | Jun 2, 2022 | Energy, Sustainability

Damian Dalton

2 Jun, 2022

Leaving electrical appliances and devices plugged in overnight is a waste of energy and estimated to cost U.S consumers over $3 Billion/year. The average Irish consumer can save up to €500/annum by slaying this Vampire Energy in their household.

Many electrical appliances and devices plugged in, or on standby over night are still consuming power. It’s called Vampire power, and it is estimated that it accounts for 10-20% of domestic consumption in Europe and the U.S. Over a year the cost to an average domestic user can be substantial as the following list of vampire energy costs illustrates.
• Laptop: €50
• Desktop computer: €105
• Printer: €36
• Plasma T.V: €480
• VCR: €30
• Games Console: €75
Calculations are based on 1 kWh = €0.30

It is estimated that the average Irish consumer could save €350-€400/annum by switching off idle devices. With energy costs ramping up, it won’t be long till potential savings will be in the region of €500/annum for the ordinary household.

In general, idle computer equipment are the greatest “energy wasters” closely followed by TVs and sound systems and network/cable boxes. Even the ticking of an electric cock or a mobile charger unconnected to a phone will add a few euros to the electricity bill.

The Top 5 energy vampires:
1. Computers and computer-related equipment (modems, routers, etc.)
2. Instant-on TVs (LED, LCD and rear-projection). The larger the screens the more energy used.
3. Surround sound systems
4. Cable or satellite TV boxes
5. Household items with a clock (e.g. microwave, DVD player, etc.)

Unplugging everything that is not in use over night (or during the day) will eliminate the energy vampires in your home. However, this is not always convenient. A simple and inexpensive way to slay energy vampires is with plug-in adapters with an on/off switch. But remember, don’t plug multiple power strips into one another as this can be a fire risk

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