The Voltage Vampires Are Here

The Voltage Vampires are here! Did you know that the average U.S. household uses between 5 to 10% of their electricity every year to power devices while they are off or in standby mode? Come to the Utility Exploration Center between now and October 31 to find out more about Voltage Vampires, appliances that still use energy while plugged in even when they are turned off.

Examples of Voltage Vampires include appliances like TVs, stereo equipment, video game consoles, computers and cell phone chargers. You can help fight the Voltage Vampires in your house by unplugging devices when they are not in use and by using power strips to turn off multiple devices at the same time. On a national level, these Voltage Vampires suck more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of U.S. electricity every year. That adds up to more than $10 billion in annual energy costs! Look for the ENERGY STAR® label and choose appliances that use a small amount of standby power or none at all.

Find out more about Voltage Vampires here.