decoding green myths
Myth: When an appliance is “off” it’s not using power
Fact: Vampires may be fictional characters, but “energy vampires” are very real. Even in the “off” position, many appliances, like your computer, still draw power. It’s called “vampire power” and it’s the energy a piece of equipment continues to use even when it’s off. Vampire power may consume as much as 15 to 30 watts per appliance and account for over 5% of your electrical bill.
What uses standby power? Computers, televisions, refrigerators, air conditioners, cell-phone chargers, any appliance that uses or displays a clock.
OK, you can’t unplug your refrigerator, but you can sure unplug just about everything else. Or use a power strip with an off button.