Serious Power Vampires: Appliances That Kill Your Apartment’s Electric Bill!

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How Vampire Appliances are costing you money

Do you know how much money that vampire appliances and electronics are costing you? Probably a lot more than you think. If you’re looking to cut the cost of your apartment’s electric bill there are a few things you need to know. Power vampires are sucking electricity to the tune of 10% of the average American’s power bill, and the offenders are some of our favorite electronics. While you might have been fooled into thinking that “off’ really means “off”, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Electronics such as televisions and cell phone chargers are sucking electricity even when they are turned off, wasting energy and costing you money. There are several choices for those who are looking to avoid vampire waste and keep their energy bills low. But first, you’ll probably want to be aware of which electronics and appliances are costing you the most.


Old TV's use electricity


The Top 5 Electricity Wasters


  • Televisions: Plasma and LCD TVs are big energy wasters, with the former being especially so. Even if you only watch a couple hours of television per day, the other hours your electricity is still being sucked away.
  • Computers: Most Americans have laptops that they leave plugged in at all times, even when the computer is fully charged and away from home. Even a fully charged computer that’s plugged in is wasting energy.
  • Video Games: Video game consoles are also notorious vampires. If left plugged in for a year, an XBOX 360 can cost you over $25, which is an amount that would allow you to buy a used game.
  • Cell Phone chargers: Like laptops, cell phone chargers suck energy while they are plugged in, even if your phone is fully charged. While they waste the least on the list, most people have more than one cell phone in their home.
  • DVD Players: DVD players are some of the least used appliances on this list, but they are still wasting a significant amount of energy. Don’t let them raise your energy bill!


Power-strips save money

How to save money

Once you know which appliances are wasting the most energy, you can start taking action into wasting less and saving more. There are a few ways to save money. First, you can manually unplug each appliance after use. This is the least practical option; but if you need to lower your apartment’s electric bill fast this will work. Second, you can buy power strips and plug your most wasteful electronics into one strip, which allows you to manually turn off numerous appliances at once. Third, you can buy a smart power strip. Smart power strips do the job for you, by stopping the flow of electricity after your electronics and appliances have been turned off for a certain period of time. Smart power strips are becoming increasingly popular and allow you to save money without the inconvenience of turning off each appliance manually.

Once you know which appliances are costing you the most money, you can start saving through the method of your choice. More Americans are learning about electricity vampires and saving themselves extra money. Don’t get left behind!

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