Slay your energy vampires

            Even when your electronics are turned off, they still use energy if they’re plugged in.

            They use something called “vampire energy.”

            What better time to slay those vampires than Halloween? Here’s how:

1. Unplug any appliance or electronic device whenever you’re not using it, unless there’s some reason to leave it plugged into the wall. It’s not practical, for example, to unplug your cable box and wireless router. But you can unplug your TV, stereo, laptop, countertop kitchen appliances and cell phone chargers when they’re not in use.

2. Use power strips. Plug the devices that can be turned off into power strips so all you have to do is turn one thing off instead of going around the room switching everything off one at a time.

3. Setting computers and video game consoles to sleep mode in case you forget to unplug them at the end of the day will save some energy.

4. Choose new appliances and electronics that use less “standby” power than your old ones. Any equipment marked with the Energy Star seal has that feature.