Beware of vampires!

Did you think that vampires were pure myth? We’ve got some scary news. You may have one or two in the room with you right now…

Energy vampires, that is!

Ok, ok, enough with the corny jokes. The fact is, most of us live with electronics, like cell phone chargers, coffee makers, microwaves, and video game consoles, that suck up electricity even when they’re switched off. Electrical company Duke Energy suggests you turn off your overhead lights at night and look around for little standby lights. Any appliance that has one is likely a vampire.

How can you identify the energy vampires in your house and what can you do to slay them? shares the rooms in your house that could be costing you the most on your energy bill.

Lucky for us, energy vampires are pretty easy to put to rest. 20-Something Finance shares 3 tips for how to stop electrical leaking before your bill becomes scarier than a vampire!

  • Identify how much electricity you are wasting. Install a kilowatt electricity usage monitor in your home to better understand which devices are costing you the most.
  • Kill the big energy wasters. Plug appliances into power strips. This makes it easy to switch off a whole group of devices at once. Some more advanced power strips can also turn devices off for you when they detect they are not being used.
  • Unplug your devices. Try unplugging toaster ovens, coffee makers, chargers, and even computers or TVs when they’re not in use.

Interested in calculating how much vampire energy you might be using? Try this handy calculator.

Now go slay those vampires!