Vampire Calculator - Watt Choices
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    Keep Your 'Vampires' in Check

    Did you know some appliances, like televisions and computers, use electricity even when they are turned off?  "Vampire" appliances go into a standby mode rather than fully powering down when they are turned off. The most obvious culprits are devices with light-up digital displays or clocks and/or equipment that stay on to respond to remote controls.  Use the calculator below to find out what kind of bite energy vampires take out of your monthly budget.  A single item may not make much of a dent, but add it to a laptop in sleep mode, a turned off television -- or three -- and numerous other electronic devices, and the results may give you a fright.

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    Top energy vampires

    • DVRs
    • Computers and computer-related equipment, such as modems and ink-jet printers
    • Instant-on TVs, especially plasma and rear-projection models.
    • Surround sound systems
    • Cable or satellite TV boxes
    • Video game systems and phone chargers

    How can you minimize energy vampires?

    • Set your computers and other equipment to an energy-efficient mode
    • The simplest way to avoid phantom loads is to unplug appliances and electronics when not in use.
    • Use power strips that will turn off all devices plugged into them.  Smart strips enable you to keep power flowing to specific devices, such as a DVR that may be recording a program overnight, yet completely shut down the power supply to your television set and surround sound system when not in use.
    • Our Watt Choices program offers a free energy efficiency kit to customers who complete a free online home energy audit or instant bill analysis. The kit includes a Smart Strip.