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Vampires Sucking Power From Your House

  1. Computer devices used 66 watts: printer, cable modem, multiple wireless routers, laptop charger, mini-speaker

  2. Communications used 16 watts: iphone charges in several rooms, cordless phone

  3. Entertainment systems used 57 watts: flat screen TV, cable box, sound system, DVD player, subwoofer

  4. Kitchen appliances used 6 watts: microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher

  5. Other culprits used 23 watts: cordless vacuum, clock radio (remember those?), irrigation controls, garage door opener, furnace, thermostat transformer, doorbell transformer These devices added up to 168 watts of 24x7 power. At my incremental electric rate of $0.25/kwh, these vampires sucked $368 out of my wallet last year. It is even worse if you have lighting controls, security cameras, extra fridges, wine coolers and IP thermostats. We have some solar customers who have over 500 watts of vampire devices – which in their top rate tier tacks on an extra $1,500 to their electric bill every year. Please Listen Up to this week’s Solar Energy Show for ways to reduce your standby energy consumption without compromising your 21st century lifestyle.


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