Energy Sucking Electronics Feed Even When Turned Off.
There's a vampire on the loose. Whether you're at work, at home or out on the town, this vampire is taking a bite out of your wallet and harming the environment.
The villain in question is vampire power, also known as standby power and phantom load. You can also find it referred to as vampire energy, leaking energy, wall warts, standby loss, idle current, phantom power, ghost load and vampire load.
The term refers to the electricity many gadgets and appliances waste just by being plugged in (even if they're switched off). After all, what do you think your cell-phone charger does all day while it's plugged into the wall? If it's warm when you get home from work, then
it's been using electricity -- even if it had nothing to charge.
1. The T.V. Plasma TVs can suck up over 1,400 kilowatt hours annually, which can cost over $150 bucks. Not only do energy vampires waste electricity, but they end up wasting your money too. The simplest way to save energy with your TV is to unplug it when you leave the house. You may only watch 3 or 4 hours of TV a day, but it keeps sucking away like a hungry animal for the other 20 hours. LCD screens still waste energy too, though substantially less.