Green Tip: How to Slay Energy Vampires
The latest is a monthly series of Green Tips from UVA Sustainability:
Just in time for Halloween, UVA Sustainability brings you a Green Tip that will make your electric bill less scary.
Did you know that many electronic devices consume energy even when in “off” or “standby” mode? According to the EPA, these “energy vampires” cost the average U.S. household $100 annually. In one year, the United States consumes 100 billion kilowatt hours of electricity to power these devices, totaling more than $10 billion in energy costs.
The good news is there’s an easy way to slay energy vampires. Plug electronic devices such as cell phone chargers, game consoles and computers into power strips that are easily accessible. When electronics are not in use, switch off the power strip and rest easy knowing there are no energy vampires in your house.