Slay energy vampires by unplugging unused devices

            Your home is full of vampires—energy vampires, that is.

            Energy vampires are electric appliances and devices that continue to use energy, even when they’re turned off. They’re all over your home, and they can suck the life out of your energy bill, accounting for up to 20 percent of your electricity use.

            Examples: cellphone chargers, laptop computers, TVs, cable or satellite boxes, DVR and MP3 players, automatic coffee makers, and microwave ovens and other devices with digital clocks.

            Here’s how to slay the energy vampires in your home:

  • Unplug devices that you rarely use, like your DVD player and the dusty TV in the guest room.
  • Put your computers into “sleep mode” so they automatically shut down after nobody has touched them for a while.
  • When you unplug your mobile phone from the charger, unplug the charger from the wall.