Say No to Vampire Power!

November 10, 2011
Category: Wellness

No, I’m not talking about the Twilight series. I’m talking about the trickle of electricity that our cell phone chargers, televisions and other electronics continue to draw when they’re turned off, but still plugged in. Did you know it constitutes 5-22% of America’s total electricity usage? I’ve started using a Belkin Conserve Energy Saving Power Strip to fully power-down my media center when I’m not home. (It even has a remote control, so I don’t even have to get down on my knees or reach around to flip the switch.) I’ve shared a lot of green living tips on, check them out and share some of yours in the comments below.

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Thanks Billy!

Most people don't know that the output of many power plants are being wasted just because of this vampire seepage.

Of course, unplugging the TV after every use is not practical but when it comes to those damn battery/phone/laptop rechargers, when people go to unplug their device, just pull the plug from the wall as well. It's a simple habit to adopt.

An ordinary power strip with a switch works fine, unless you want to pay a premium for the extra convenience of remote operation. However, you will want to shut down your computer before powering it off, otherwise it makes an emergency shutdown (at least under windoze).

And if you are into holiday lighting:
(1) use LED bulbs (brilliant colors a bonus!)
(2) use a timer on outdoor window lighting
(3) use a power switch and or timer on holiday trees.

Artwit (physicist, retired)

Thanks for the great information Billy! HUGS! .. Michael

I'm not sure what importance this is. This information is old hat and everybody has known this for years. I thought this was a time when gays were committing suicide and getting attacked outside of bars.

The savings in power is sometimes defeated by the new wave of having up to 3 computer monitors. At some point the silicon based computers will need to switch to something else because of the limits of present day processors. Huge heat sinks and water cooling units are struggling to keep todays I-7 processors with 4 to 8 cores cool while using hefty video display cards for 3D rendering in real time.