Vampire electronics (standby load) are a bigger problem than you realize...

It’s a misconception that when your devices are turned off, they stop drawing power. Even when a phone or tablet charger is not connected to the device, it still draws electricity while connected to an outlet.

Almost all electronics use standby energy
Standby energy costs $19 billion per year nationwide
Ths amounts to $165 annually per household

Average Annual Costs per Device/Appliance Using Standby Power

*Estimations are approximate and based on national averages for energy usage and electricity costs.

desktop computer $23.48
lcd monitor $1.53
laptop computer $17.53
internet modem $6.95
computer speakers $1.99
laser printer $1.76
usb hub $1.60
gaming console $25.94
phone charger $1.15
coffee maker $1.27
surge protector $1.17
55" smart oled tv $22.08
cable box with dvr $48.30
audio system $9.25
cd/dvd player $7.32
cordless power tool $9.2.7
digital clock $1.93
hallway night light $2.48
flatbed scanner $2.76
cordless phone $4.45

Tip: Use an energy efficient power strip

Smart power strips can actually cut power off and save energy since they are able to detect when a device is in standby mode. Installing a smart power strips is a quick and easy way to start saving money while making your household a little more energy efficient. Make sure it's an efficient power strip, a standard version.

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*Sources cited from,, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Natural Resources Defense Council.