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Unplug 'Vampire Appliances' In Your Home
Practice these Saratoga environmental tips for a greener future in Spa City, and save money on your electric bill! Unplug 'Vampire Appliances', which use electricity even when 'Off.'
A quick tip to tell if an appliance or electronic device is drawing a phantom load is see if the appliance needs to be ready to receive a signal from somewhere (think TV and its remote) or if it has a clock or timer.
Whenever possible it's a good idea to cut power to these electronics, by either unplugging or using a power strip and turning the power strip switch to off. A recent study showed that with a typical house, the electronics use only 25% of their electricity when turned on – the rest is consumed while in the 'Off' mode. So if you don't print something every day or use your stereo system but once a week, take the time to unplug them when not in use to help the environment and save you money.