Devices like televisions, microwaves, scanners, and printers use standby power, even when off. Some chargers continue to pull small amounts of energy, even when plugged in (a good judge of this is if a charger feels warm to the touch). Studies have found that vampire energy loads account for 5-10% of the total electricity in residential homes and accounts for about 1% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.*

Take these actions to avoid paying for these “vampire energy drainers:”

  • Unplug electronics, chargers, and appliances when not in use.
  • Set electronics to energy save mode; turn your monitor off when you step out. 
  • Use a power strip to turn all devices off at once. Flipping the switch on your power strip has the same effect as unplugging each socket from the wall, preventing phantom energy loss.

*Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory