Did you know by using your computer, TV, game consoles and DVD player every day, you could be running up an additional 10% to your monthly electric bill? That’s right, each time you turn on your favorite sports team or reality TV show, you’re adding a few dollars to your bill. But don’t worry, we aren’t asking you to give up your entertainment. Fusion Electric is here to offer you some simple tips on how to save money, while continuing to do and use what you love.
Avoid the Vampire Load of Electricity
This may sound simple, but it’s something that often gets overlooked. Turn off your electronics! Many times people forget to turn off their devices when they aren’t using them. And did you know, that many of your electronics can even continue to draw power after they’ve been turned off? This type of wasted energy is called a “vampire load.”
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Although it sounds scary, there is a convenient and low-cost solution for vampire loads. Replace your conventional power strips with advanced power strips (APS) to help reduce the electricity your devices are wasting when they’re not in use.
What are Advanced Power Strips?
APS are designed primarily for home entertainment centers and home office areas where there are typically many consumer electronics plugged into a power strip. These strips work by preventing electronics from drawing power when they’re off or not being used. There are many types of APS to fit different people’s needs, so be sure to pick the right one for your family.
For example, if you often fall asleep when watching TV at night, an activity monitor APS can turn everything off for you. Or, if you are always diligent about turning all your electronics off when you aren’t using them but are concerned about the lingering vampire power draw, a masterless APS can make sure that everything is completely off.
Which APS Is for Your Home?
Thanks to this handy infographic made by The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, you can follow the flowchart to find out which APS will work best for your needs.
By being more cautious about the type of advanced power strips you use for your electronics, you should start to see a decrease in your electricity bill. For more information about how to save money on your bills, give the experts at Fusion Electric a call at 913-648-9487.