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4 Ways to Battle Energy Vampires in Your Home

Posted on June 26, 2019, by All Energy Solar

If you’re interested in reducing your consumption of electricity, a great place to start is by identifying the amount of energy consumed by “energy vampires.” That’s a term that refers to always-on devices that are contributing to your idle load, usually without your even realizing it.

According to Lester Shen, director of Innovative Technologies at the Center for Energy and Environment, “These are devices that run 24/7 and are constantly on standby, creating a power load being drawn from the utility. That means they’re incurring costs on your electric bill that you often weren’t aware of, and they don’t provide productive value.”

  • Here are some of the most likely energy vampires in your home:
  • Audio: amplifier, stereo, boom box, Internet radio
  • Video: TVs, cable and satellite set-top boxes, computers, game consoles
  • Power adapters, if plugged in all the time and warm to the touch
  • Old appliances, especially refrigerators and freezers

Here’s what to do:

First, unplug where you can, especially devices that aren’t being used or are only used now and then. Look in guest bedrooms to unplug television sets or basements where unused devices like baseboard heaters or dehumidifiers may be operating and forgotten.

Second, be “plug wise.” Plug devices you use often into an advanced power strips (APS), which is a power strip with one master socket, one or more "always-on" sockets, and one or more controlled sockets. Or consider installing a whole-house switch that remotely turns off controlled outlets with the single flip of a switch.

Third, adjust the power. Change the settings on your television and game consoles to disable the “quick start” setting, which  can use as much as 37 watts a day in some models. Set computers to go to sleep after 30 minutes or less of inactivity, and power them down at the end of the day.

Fourth, buy smarter. The next time you’re in the market for an appliance or electronic device, purchase Energy Star-labeled items wherever you can, because these products are designed to minimize idle load and use less power in active mode.

 


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The Top 4 Energy Vampires Contributing to Your Idle Load

Posted on June 20, 2019, by All Energy Solar

You may have heard or read about energy vampires, those always-on devices that can increase your consumption of energy without your ever realizing it. These devices and appliances contribute to what’s called “idle load,” which is as wasteful as it is sneaky. The worst offenders are those with a high standby load, or those that are continuously active.

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Boost Your Electrical Consumption IQ

Posted on June 17, 2019, by All Energy Solar

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Top 3 Gadgets to Battle Energy Vampires

Posted on June 12, 2019, by All Energy Solar

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eBook: Energy Vampires

Posted on June 10, 2019, by All Energy

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Posted on April 09, 2019, by All Energy

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Activity Book: The Wonders of Solar Energy

Posted on March 20, 2019, by All Energy

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The Power Grid: What it is and What You Should Know 
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Posted on March 18, 2019, by All Energy

In the early 1900s, about 4,000 electric companies operated independently from one another. After World War II, the utilities began connecting to other providers to help improve reliability and reduce the cost of electrical generation and storage. The continental U.S. is now connected by one power grid comprised of three main interconnections: one covers the area west of the Rocky Mountains; the second covers everything east of the Rockies and part of the Texas panhandle; the third covers the rest of Texas.

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How Solar is Revolutionizing the Energy Industry

Posted on March 13, 2019, by All Energy

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eBook: Solar for People in a Hurry

Posted on March 05, 2019, by All Energy

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