Energy vampires are concepts electricians are all too familiar with, as you should be. Succinctly put, these are any devices that continue to use and drain power even after you have turned them off. How much energy these suckers consume can add up to even a fifth of your monthly bill, which is why you need to control this sucking.
How? Electricians advise the following, among other strategies, once you have identified the energy vampires in your home or business.
1. Unplug the Suckers
Unplug. Unplug. Unplug. Electricians world over stand by this as the very first rule of winning against energy vampires. When a device or an appliance is not in use, you should make sure that it is unplugged. This also goes for those appliances that you do not switch on often, such as the TV in the guest room.
2. Plug Into Power Strips
It's a lot easier to turn the power to your appliances on and off as you may need. There are advanced or smart power strips on the market that can detect when appliances and devices are not in use. The strips automatically cut off the power when they detect that your appliances are idle.
Smart power strips cost a little more than their traditional counterparts. The energy savings that you will realise over time, however, make these strips well worth the investment.
Electricians can advise you on the best type of smart power strips to buy.
3. Avoid Idle Time
Instead of pausing a game on your video console while you go about doing something else, it is better to power it down altogether. You can save the game and pick up from the last save point without losing the progress you have made.
With computers, for example, you can also make use of the sleep function or go into hibernate mode if you are stepping away from the computer for a little bit. Sleep and hibernate mode are both energy-saving states.
4. Upgrade to smart, Energy-Efficient Appliances
Energy-efficient appliances consume less energy than others when powered on and working. The same goes for their standby consumption, which is significantly less than the traditional types. If you are looking to replace any appliance, or add a new one, then consider buying energy-efficient models. Electricians may also be able to guide you on the models with the most optimal energy-efficiency ratings.
With these tips, you can expect to curb how much your energy vampires consume and save on energy costs. Electricians can give you more helpful insights on the same.