US utility ComEd has provided its customers with tips to get rid of energy vampires this Halloween.
The tips are aimed at helping businesses and residential customers save money and energy. Hint: none involve cloves of garlic.
Vampire energy, also known as standby energy, is what is drawn from outlets when equipment is off but still plugged in.
Many types of home electronics and office equipment, including mobile phone chargers, computers, printers and game consoles, continue to draw electricity while they are plugged in and turned off.
Avoid being drained with these tips:
- Use a power strip with an on/off switch to completely power down electronics at home.
- Unplug mobile phone chargers, portable music players and other electronics once they are fully charged.
- When preparing for out-of-town travel, always unplug all non-essential devices such as televisions and other electronics.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR label on home appliances, electronics and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.
Close the coffin for good with the ComEd Energy Efficiency Programme. It offers a variety of rebates, discounts and assessments to help homeowners, businesses and municipalities save more wisely.
Energy efficiency is a hot topic set for discussion at DISTRIBUTECH INTERNATIONAL. Click here to register to attend or for more information about the event.
ComEd customers can also schedule a free ComEd Home Energy Assessment. An energy advisor will identify opportunities to save and offer free energy-efficient products. Schedule an appointment online today at ComEd.com/Assessment.