12140 Wickchester Ln Suite #100, Houston, TX 77079

Saving Energy by Slaying Energy Vampires

Vampires don’t just live in books and movies – they live in your home, too, sucking energy from your electronic devices and causing your electric bill to be higher than it needs to be.

According to the Energy Information Institute, the average U.S. household spends about $2,000 a year on electricity, and about 10 percent of that, or $200, is spent paying for electricity you’re not even using.

The Institute estimates that you could be paying even more if you have lots of energy vampires in your home, such as desktop computers, laptops, televisions, stereos, and other home electronics that have a standby mode used to keep the devices “sleeping,” but not completely off so that they power up quickly.

However, in order to start saving energy and reduce your electricity costs, you have to first find the source of the energy vampires, and then you have to slay them.

How to Find Energy Vampires

If your home were a neck, there would be four main places for energy vampires to feed: device chargers, AC adapters, devices with clocks and remote controls, and devices that have a standby mode.

Device Chargers: If a charger is warm to the touch or has a light on when you’re not using it to charge your iPod, laptop, or cell phone, then it’s sucking electricity.

AC Adapters: If the big, brick-like boxes on your stereo or other electronic devices are warm, they’re using electricity.

Devices with Clocks and Remote Controls: Things like cable boxes, DVD players, microwaves, and coffee makers use electricity to keep their clocks going, even when you’re not using them. The same goes for devices that use remote controls, like TVs, which wait patiently to receive a signal from the remote.

Standby: Computers and other devices use almost the same amount of energy when they’re in standby mode compared to when they’re fully on.

Four Easy Ways to Slay Energy Vampires

There are four easy ways to get rid of the energy vampires in your home and start saving energy and lowering electricity costs right away:

1. Disconnect the chargers on your portable devices when you’re done charging them.
2. Turn off TVs, printers, and computers when you’re not using them.
3. Use power strips for places in your home that have lots of cords, like entertainment centers. Then you’ll be able to turn off one switch to shut down all the attached devices at night, when you leave home or when you go out of town.
4. Use timers plugged into power strips to automatically shut devices down and start them up again when you want to, kind of like how programmable thermostats are set up to heat and cool homes only when people are there.


ENERGY STAR website, Standby Power and Energy Vampires.

LearnVest website, Save Energy And Save Money By Slaying The Energy Vampires In Your Home.

Translate »


Here’s a chance to get 200 points every month in Spark Energy Rewards*

Points can be used on local shopping deals, dining, daily deals, travel,
and even gift cards. Terms for the rewards can be found here.

*Certain Terms and Conditions apply. This offer is available to first-time customers only. Customers must sign up for a fixed-rate energy plan. The plan may include a monthly service fee depending on the product. Use promo code which is showing above to qualify. Rate expires at the end of the term. Canceling or changing supply service prior to the end of the fixed-rate term may subject the customer to an early termination fee based on the product details. To be eligible to receive Spark Energy rewards, customers must enroll in a fixed term plan and maintain an active Spark Energy account in good standing (no past-due balance owed) for 45 days after the beginning of service. May not be redeemed for cash. This offer is subject to change or cancellation without notice prior to customer acceptance. This offer is nontransferable and cannot be combined with any other offers. This offer applies to services areas where Spark Energy LLC is active. The offer expires on 12/31/2021. See the Terms of Service and Electricity Facts Label (applicable only for TX) at www. SparkEnergy.com for more details.
© 2021 Spark Energy LLC. All Rights Reserved.