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Watch out for Vampires over Spring Break!

March 25, 2010

You can fight Vampire draw! Unplug!

Yay! Spring Break is finally here! It’s time to relax, have fun and catch up on all your sleep! But before you leave check your room for Vampires! No, we’re not talking about the cast of Twilight, we are talking about appliances you leave plugged in.

Appliances and changers use energy even when they are off and you aren’t using them.  This phenomenon is called “phantom load” or “vampire draw” and “it sucks about 5 percent to 10 percent of the energy used in America’s homes each year.

That’s the same amount of power generated by 17 coal-fired plants annually, according to Brian Keane, president of the energy-efficiency think tank SmartPower.” (1)

So, before you leave your room for class, the weekend or Spring Break, check that you have unplugged everything:

  • Microwave?
  • Computer?
  • TV?
  • DVD player?
  • Speakers?
  • Lamps?
  • Cell phone charger?

If you find yourself doing a lot of work you might want to consider getting a power strip.  That way you can turn off all those things with one switch!

Reducing your energy use, and energy costs, helps you and the environment! So, get your Buffy on and get those vampires!

fun graph of how much energy different appliances suck!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2010 3:15 AM

    that’s kind of an interesting take on the green movement..

  2. Edd E permalink
    November 16, 2010 2:27 AM

    I know this is (at least somewhat) off topic, but i really think you should make t-shirts with the image and message of the flier that says “How would /you/ like it if someone turned /you/ on and LEFT?”
    I would SO buy (at least) one!

    Reference: http://pics.kuvaton.com/kuvei/save_energy2.jpg

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