Voltage Vampires Found in Roseville Homes



We know that too much energy is wasted every year from electronics being continuously plugged in!

Household electronics, including those in your bathroom, office and kitchen, can account for 5 to 15 percent of your home’s electricity use.* Even when these appliances are off, many are using standby power whenever they are plugged into an outlet.  These are called Voltage Vampires - silently wasting power and costing you money, even when they are off. 

These vampires are all around you, in the form of battery chargers, cell phones, electric toothbrushes, computers, printers, tablets, e-Readers, toasters, coffee makers, computers, rechargeable power tools and entertainment equipment which are frequently left plugged in for long periods of time.  In 2011, the average American household owned 25 consumer electronic devices, so you can see how this translates into a lot of wasted energy use.**

Although it seems insignificant, Voltage Vampires – appliances that are always "on" – result in more than 65 billion kilowatt hours of wasted electricity nationwide every year.*

Roseville Electric is committed to helping its customers save on energy costs by helping you reduce energy use. To see where Voltage Vampires have infested your home, perform this simple test: take a walk through your home tonight with the lights turned off.  If your path is lit by the eerie glow of standby lights on appliances and electronic equipment, you have vampires sucking energy.

But you don’t need to be frightened. You can scare away voltage vampires by following these steps:

  • Unplug kitchen and bathroom appliances, entertainment equipment, game consoles, computers, printers, cell phone and camera chargers, and rechargeable tools when they are not being used.
  • Use power strips as the central turn off point for various appliances and device chargers. There are three different types of smart strips to consider:
    • Timer-equipped: These power strips have outlets that are controlled by programmable timers. Devices plugged into them can be scheduled to automatically turn off or on at designated times of day or night.
    • Occupancy sensing: Occupancy sensing power strips have outlets that are controlled by a motion detector. Devices plugged into them can automatically turn off or on in response to your physical presence, or after a user-defined period of time elapses (e.g., anywhere from 30 seconds to 60 minutes).
    • Current sensing: These power strips can automatically turn several outlets off or on when they detect that a monitor (plugged into the "master outlet") either enters a low powered sleep mode, is turned off, or is turned on. Used in combination with monitor power management features, these power strips can turn just about any electric device off and on automatically.
  • Use ENERGY STAR rated electronic devices. For example an ENERGY STAR computer uses 70 percent less electricity. If left inactive, that ENERGY STAR computer in sleep mode will use 4 watts or less.**

To learn about other ways to save energy, visit the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville through October 31 to see the Voltage Vampire exhibit. Visitors can enter a raffle for a chance to win a high-tech power strip.

Roseville Electric’s “Count Watts” will also be at Roseville’s Family Fun Fest, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Vernon Street Town Square encouraging everyone to unplug!

Participants in the Center’s “Halloween Fun with Worms, Compost and Pumpkin Guts” on Oct. 26 will receive a high-tech power strip to help ward off vampires at home.  The workshop is for kids age 6-12 and costs $12 residents/$15 non-residents. For more information visit:http://www.roseville.ca.us/explore/workshops/kids_craft_workshops.asp

Or you can visit www.roseville.ca.us/lowermybill for energy saving tips that will also save you money.

*www.energystar.gov
**Department of Energy (www.energy.gov)