Time to drive stake through vampire power

Although goblins, ghouls and ghosts are most prominent around Halloween, vampire energy can be a menace all year long. Beware of vampire energy around your home to avoid being spooked, a PECO press release said.

Vampire, or phantom energy is energy used by computers, televisions, lamps, chargers, and other appliances that continue to use power even while plugged in but powered off.  Vampire energy slowly, but continuously, drains energy even when the product is not in use. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that vampire energy costs customers in the United States more than $10 billion a year.

Small changes can add up to big savings:

  • Use a power strip with an on/off switch to fully power down electronics in your home.
  • Unplug your charger for your cell phone, portable music player or other electronics once fully charged.
  • When preparing for out-of-town travel, unplug all nonessential devices.
  • Look for the Energy Star® label on home appliances, electronics and other products. Energy Star products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

To find where energy vampires may be hiding in your home, customers can take the PECO Smart Home E-Audit. This free, online tool analyzes a customer’s energy use and provides ways to save energy and money.

To create your own personal profile with the PECO Smart Home E-Audit, register for MyAccount at peco.com. For more ways to save energy and money, visit peco.com/smartideas.

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