We all know the importance of turning off our appliances when we’re not using them. Not only is it the environmentally friendly thing to do (we should all be continually striving to cut our carbon footprint) but it can help slash our energy bills as well, and in today’s austere times we could all do with a bit of extra cash in our pocket. But, what if your appliance is an “energy vampire”? These appliances will often be left plugged in but continue to drain energy, even when they’ve been turned off, quietly adding to your energy bills without you even realising.
What appliances could be vampires?
As a general rule, any appliance which has a standby setting or an LED readout will continue to suck out energy (hence the vampire part) even when it’s been switched off. This could include the likes of clocks, timers, computers, kitchen appliances, TVs, plasma screens, DVD players and game stations, whilst mobile phone chargers can drain electricity even when they’re not being used to actually charge anything. These vampires don’t need to be switched on – as long as they’re plugged into the energy source they can continue to draw out electricity, and although it might seem like a negligible amount it could soon add up. Most households will have some of even all of the above appliances, and that means your unnecessary energy usage could end up equating to hundreds of pounds per year, not to mention it ramping up your carbon footprint.
Make sure you don’t get bitten
As you can see, it’s all too easy to get bitten by these vampire appliances. We’ve become so used to leaving things plugged in that it’s become almost habitual – we assume they’re turned off and don’t even think about unplugging them. Who’s got the time for all that? Well, if you want to reduce your energy bills as well as your carbon footprint, you’ll want to start making time. Once you’re in the habit of unplugging things it’ll be automatic, and those few extra seconds can result in great cost savings over the year. Or, plug all your nearby devices into a single power strip and turn it off when not in use (perhaps getting into the habit of switching it off before bed) and you’ve got an ultra-simple solution.
Of course, you’ll want to make sure you invest in appliances that are as energy efficient as possible to begin with. Doing so will mean you can keep your energy consumption in check for the long term, and if you make sure to keep them in proper working order by seeking appliance spares when necessary you can ensure they continue to perform at their energy-efficient best. It needn’t take that much to stop vampire appliances in their tracks, so don’t run the risk of getting bitten – be aware of any energy-sucking appliances and be proactive in keeping them under control and you can have a positive effect on the environment as well as your bills.