How to Slay the Energy Vampires!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Slaying the Energy Vampires in your home!

It's Halloween 2014. Want to hear a scary story? It's that time of year again when troublesome and invisible things are going on all around you.And, in this case what you can't see, CAN hurt you - especially in the pocket book. 

Energy VampireDay, and night, there are vampires in your home sucking power from outlets and costing you more money. Silent and relentless they siphon energy around the clock, even when idle.

Standby power is the energy used by some appliances and electronics when they are turned off, but still plugged into an outlet. The devices that cause this type of waste are called Energy Vampires.

How to slay those Energy Vampires lurking in your house.

A good first step is a $30 surge protector/power strip. Plug your TV into Conserve Smart AV’s green master outlet, and when the set is turned off, the device cuts power to the other devices ( such as DVD players, game consoles, receivers, speakers) plugged into the strip’s outlets.

Belkin, who makes the Conserve Smart AV, estimates that it can save you up to $76 per year in energy costs, assuming your entertainment system includes a DVD player, VCR, game console, sub-woofer and amplifier.

You don’t have to spend a dime to slay some vampires. Simply unplugging a cell phone or MP3 player once they are charged, is a great cost-cutting suggestion from the Environmental Protection Agency.

If you use a desktop computer with a separate monitor, configure it to shut down when not it use. The EPA says that alone can save you up to $85 a year. By the way, laptops power down automatically, but desktops - especially the older ones - may not.

Standby Power Data Center - Which Vampires are sucking the most energy?

Energy Suckers The Web site, Standby Power Data Center will help you determine how much energy a device uses when it’s idle. Just enter a product type, model number, or company or brand name. The database takes that information and lets you know which products best match standards for standby-power requirements.


In a typical home, stand-by power adds about $200 a to your annual bill. Don’t let those energy sucking devices cost you money. A few simple steps will help you slay the Energy Vampires in your home.

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Debbie, they really are and can add up to huge savings, especially when you factor in years. 

Yolanda, good. Now you have the facts to give Bob.

Dick, so sorry to hear about Mary's continued problems with her back. Those pinched nerves are scarier than the Energy Vampires - hope she takes good care. And yes, she wants to feel well for the Amazon adventure. 

Oct 31, 2014 11:47 PM #29
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks Brad! Hope you had a good Boo!

Hey Ginny, Thanks much...

Oct 31, 2014 11:48 PM #30
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Amazing how a few drops of blood (money) can be taken with no one the wiser

Nov 01, 2014 12:43 AM #31
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I learned how much energy the cable box used and was shocked, it's shut down now when the TV is off. 

Nov 01, 2014 03:41 AM #32
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Good tip Debb, who would have thought that it adds up to so much $$$

Nov 01, 2014 05:06 AM #33
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Hi Debb - great post and you are absolutely right, even if it is left plugged in, it is using power. Even hairdryers, which I know I forget to unplug sometimes!

Nov 01, 2014 05:52 AM #34
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Cute topic on this subject.  What about the energy suckers on my body?  

Nov 01, 2014 06:22 AM #35
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Debb, It's good to conserve even when we can "afford" to pay for the energy suckers.  I have my office devices and tv entertainment center all on a power strip.  This is a helpful and fun read.

Nov 01, 2014 06:28 AM #36
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Debb- that is a good website.  People have so many things plugged in they have no idea how to manage it.

Nov 01, 2014 07:10 AM #37
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Love this and the timely message you give. We all need to conserve and save energy.

Nov 01, 2014 01:40 PM #38
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Great tips Debb and I am going to get a couple of those conserve strips.  I think Larry has everything you mentioned and maybe a couple more...

Nov 01, 2014 03:11 PM #39
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I love how you used the holiday theme to get your very important message out there!

Nov 01, 2014 11:02 PM #40
Adell Forbes (REALTOR®)
PalmerHouse Properties - Atlanta, GA
"Knowledge & Experience Working for You"

Debb- my hubby & I always debate on whether we're conserving energy by unplugging a device we're not using.

I always unplug & he fusses when he tries to turn something on & realizes that I unplugged it completely.

Nov 02, 2014 03:15 AM #41
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

It's good to be aware of these energy vampires.

Nov 02, 2014 06:56 AM #42
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is very important information, since some people don't realize that even if the device is idle( =off) it is still slowly sucking energy.



Nov 02, 2014 07:11 AM #43
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

That's a pretty good tip for saving on the electricity bill.  There's also solar power, which has a high upfront cost, but brings down the cost of electricity considerably over the years. 

Nov 03, 2014 06:43 AM #44
Brian Olsen
Portland, Lake Oswego, West Linn & Dunthorpe Neighborhoods, Waterfront, Luxury & Floating Homes - Lake Oswego, OR
Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group | Keller Williams

Our 10 year old daughter is using sticky notes around the house and putting a tic on them each time a big water user appliance is run. The 5th graders are also noting how many showers and times the toilets are flushed.  

Nov 03, 2014 12:54 PM #45
Jeremy K. Frost
Keller Williams Realty - Dripping Springs, TX
Associate Broker, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA

This is fantastic information. Thank you for sharing and best of luck!

Nov 04, 2014 01:01 AM #46
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

My biggest energy vamp was my pool heater. I finally had to turn it off as the colder nights just had it running non stop.

Nov 05, 2014 02:35 AM #47
Hank Dugie
Brockway Realty, LLC - League City, TX
Mr. League City

Great info! Don't forget to remind clients of the strength of solar screens to reduce energy bills once the weather changes again. 

Nov 05, 2014 06:46 AM #48
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