Fighting off vampires

by Donny on June 8, 2012

By now you’ve read and heard several energy-saving tips. Some are extremely handy and others aren’t as much and we also tend to overlook others.

For example, one thing we don’t think about as much is fighting off vampires.

No, I’ve not been watching too many movies lately.  I’m talking about fighting off “vampire power,” which is electricity used by electronics even when not in use. These electronics suck up all the energy, and hence the name. Computers, DVRs, video games and other electronics use a lot of power when plugged in regardless of whether or not they’re being used. By unplugging unused electronics, you’re fighting off vampires.

There are some appliances which use power all the time, such as refrigerators and freezers.

In order to save money, it’s best to set your refrigerator temperature between 30 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Some fridges and freezers have a switch to save power. If yours does, use it.

Speaking of items in the kitchen, something else to consider is how to use the oven and not heat up too much.

Avoiding pre-heating the oven as much as possible and don’t open the door to check on the food if you don’t have to.

When washing the dishes in the dishwasher, do so with cold water and hand-dry. The same can be done with clothes and allow them to air dry. If at all possible, avoid laundry, showering and cooking during the peak heat hours.

Make sure your electronic devices are in good shape. If not, they may use more energy to work properly, and hence, increase your electricity bill.

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