Do you know there are Vampires in your home?

By
Home Inspector with Certified Structure Inspector IOS #1730, EA #30

While it might be Halloween time and when you think of Vampires the ones that suck your blood might be the first thing that comes to mind. But there is another Vampire that sucks your electricity and costs you some money.

With energy efficiency becoming a bigger topic of conversation many people have heard that newer appliances, computers, and TV’s are using less power now than ever. One way this is accomplished is the reduction of phantom or vampire loads.

Vampire loads suck power even when the power button is off. This costs the average house $100 a year. http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=about.vampires This might not sound like allot but it is an average and who wouldn’t want to keep a hundred in their pocket.  When buying something new look at the standby usage or look for Energy Star label.  With existing devices turn off the power strip or unplug the item when not in use. Almost anything that is plugged in can use power even when off. Clocks, lights, and transformers all suck power. 

In a recent discussion a someone realized that the garage door opener uses about $15 a year in electricity just by being plugged in. Two door and you’re a third of the way to the average.

Comments (3)

Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

No I have no idea what I would do with an extra hundred dollars a year...NOT.

Oct 30, 2012 02:14 AM
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Computers are vampires when they are not being used. I never realized that garage door operers were.

Dec 03, 2012 12:54 PM
Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

Yes, Anything with a clock, transformer, or memory uses electricity even when off.

Dec 03, 2012 01:12 PM