DON’T LET ZAP DRAIN YOUR WATTS!!!
What’s an Energy Vampire? Vampires are electronic devices that continue to consume energy in your house, even when the devices are “turned off” and not being used. They can account for as much as 10% of the energy used in your house*, and the average American household has about 25 consumer electronic devices.
Help me find the vampire electronics that suck electricity from your house and turn them off!!! Place an Energy Vampire sticker on each of these devices (with your parents’ permission) to remind you to turn them off completely when not in active use and especially if you plan to be away for more than a few days. Use a power strip or a light switch connected to the devices, if possible, to make it easier to turn them off.
Find the electronic devices in your house that are powered up all day and all night, such as:
- Extra refrigerator in the basement or garage that you don’t use all the time. ($60-$300/year savings and 200,000-over 1 million kilowatts/year)
- Plasma TV (1452 kilowatts/year)
- Cable box (150-385 kilowatts/year)
- Desktop computer (311 kilowatts/year)
- Laptop computer (145 kilowatts/year)
- Computer monitor (23 kilowatts/year)
- Laser printer (113 kilowatts/year)
- DVD or VCR (79-92 kilowatts/year)
- TV Game console (234 kilowatts/year)
- Cell phone chargers (3-20 kilowatts/year)
How are the vampire stickers working? Are they helping to remind you how much energy is consumed by electronic devices that you are not using? Have you turned off that old, guzzling refrigerator in the garage or basement? Show us where you put vampire stickers by emailing photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them on our Facebook page. Thanks for helping us all breathe cleaner air. Learn more at www.nj.gov/dep/cleanairnj .
Call NJDEP Mobile Sources at (609) 292-7953 to get Zap stickers!
Thanks to the NJ Department of Health for funding this effort, since reducing energy use reduces air emissions from power plants and helps to protect our health.
*U.S. Department of Energy, www.energy.gov/articles/are-energy-vampires-sucking-you-dry
U.S. Energy Information Administration, www.eia.gov/kids
http://standby.lbl.gov/faq.html#watts for standby power summary of electronic devices.
http://www.energystar.gov/products/appliances shows energy use of various appliances.