As if this couldn’t be a more timely article, I have found some information that Dracula is living in your house. No, not the fierce blood sucking devil-like creature that turns into a terrifying bat on a whim. What I’m talking about is an energy sucking problem that is costing you a nickel of every dollar’s worth of electricity that sleeps from your home’s outlets.
The IEA has a PDF that found almost 10% of household usage are those little electronic devices in “standby” or “sleep”mode. And by some accounts could rise to 20% by 2010. So in just a few short years an average household who spends approximately $120.00 a month on electricity will be wasting $24.00 worth on electronic charging alone. And it may not seem like wasting energy if you’re charging a cell phone or camera or your favorite MP3, but when consider all of the electronics that are in “standby” mode and using energy while not in use, the numbers are staggering.
Do you shut OFF your computer at night? Are you constantly charging an MP3 player or camera?