According to ENERGY STAR®,* vampire power, refers to electricity consumed by electronic devices while they are switched off or on a standby mode. While this vampire power sometimes provides useful functions, such as clock displays and timers, in other cases it is simply wasted energy.

In addition to your office and home electronics, common culprits of vampire power include cell phone chargers, laptops and power tools. These devices consume energy when they are plugged into an outlet, even if they aren't actively charging.

Combat energy vampires

Don't get tricked by energy vampires! By identifying and managing devices that consume this power, you can better control energy use and costs.

First, measure your electronic power consumption with a Kill-A-Watt™ Electricity Monitor. Plug this device into a three-prong grounded wall outlet, then plug your appliance, computer, lamp or other electrical product into the monitor to find out how efficient (or wasteful) they really are.

Next, use a Belkin Conserve Socket to automatically shut off power to devices after a designated time interval.

Learn more

To learn more about and purchase energy-saving solutions for your home, including the Kill-A-Watt™ Electricity Monitor and Belkin Conserve Socket, visit the FirstEnergy Online Store.*

First-time customers can enter promo code FE-10 on the payment page during checkout to receive 10 percent off your order.


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Last Modified: December 5, 2016