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Standby Power and Energy Vampires
What is Standby Power and what does it have to do with vampires?
Standby power is the energy used by some products when they are turned off but still plugged into a power/wall outlet. While this standby power sometimes provides useful functions such as remote control, clock displays, and timers, in other cases it is simply wasted power as a result of leaving an electronic device or power adapter plugged in. The devices causing this waste are referred to as energy vampires because these products are slowing sucking energy from your home while not providing any useful function! In addition to your home office and home electronics equipment, chargers for cell phones, ipods, power tools, etc also suck energy from your home when they are plugged into an outlet, even if they aren't charging.
Is standby power significant enough to worry about?
Yes, the amount of energy used by products when they are in standby mode is significant. The average U.S. household spends $100 per year to power devices while they are off (or in standby mode). On a national basis, standby power accounts for more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of annual U.S. electricity consumption and more than $10 billion in annual energy costs.
How can I slay the energy vampires in my house?
Look for ENERGY STAR when shopping.
All ENERGY STAR qualified products are among the lowest power consuming in their category in standby mode.
Enable the ENERGY STAR power management settings on your computer and monitor, so they go into power save mode when not in use.
Use a power strip as a central "turn off" point when you are done using equipment, which completely disconnects the power supply. You can use one for your computer and all peripheral equipment, and another for your home electronics (TV, VCR, DVD, stereo, gaming). Keep in mind though that if you've set a timer to wake up a product, such as programming a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) to record a program, then the product must remain plugged in (and able to draw standby power) to function as intended.
Unplug your chargers: cell phone chargers, camera chargers, battery chargers or power adapters, etc. These are drawing some amount of energy even when not in use (and even when not connected to an end-use product).
The ENERGY STAR Web site provides information about a voluntary labeling program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Information helps consumers and businesses easily identify highly efficient products, homes, and buildings that save energy and money, while protecting the environment.
Products that earn the ENERGY STAR
When looking for new household products, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR.
They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and DOE.
An innovative whole-house approach to improving the comfort and energy efficiency of your home that depends on qualified contractors who perform a top to bottom energy inspection of your home and make improvements.
The Energy Savers Web site offers information and tips to improve energy efficiency for both buildings and transportation and highlights specific components and practices that contribute to better energy efficiency.
BSB will answer energy question from A to Z, about your home, condo or apartment, we offer a comprehensive set of suggestions on home energy efficiency measures, as well as an overview of home energy use.
Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) recognize that reduced utility expenses can permit a homeowner to pay a higher mortgage to cover the cost of the energy improvements on top of the approved mortgage.
FHA EEMs provide mortgage insurance for a person to purchase or refinance a principal residence and incorporate the cost of energy-efficient improvements into the mortgage. The borrower does not have to qualify for the additional money and does not make a down payment on it.
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Besides killing the Energy Vampires there are other possibilities
to save energy = to save money!
I) You can put your air conditioning thermostat to 80 degrees in summer and to 68 degrees in winter. You would save a lot of energy and money.
II) You could use a solar water heating panel to warm up your water during summer and winter. That would save a lot of energy and money.
III) You could drive 55 mph instead of 70 mph. That would save a lot of energy and money.
IV) You could use modern light bulbs, they use only 20% of the energy, but give you the same light. And they last 10 times longer - less waste!
V) You could use native plants in your yard, You would save energy with less mowing. You would save water + money, you would save fertilizer and pesticides, and lower your water bill.
All together you would save a lot of money and help Nature!
Often we hear about Peak loads. What does that mean?
Every day are hours where the electricity demand is very high.
During these hours, electricity is much more expensive, because of supply and demand.
To help your power company to reduce peak loads you can:
A) Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
B) When at home, close blinds and drapes that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans to cool the air.
C) When away from home, set air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees and turn all fans off before you leave. Block the sun by closing blinds or drapes on windows that will get direct sun.
D) Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers, or other home appliances during the peak hours of 3 to 7 p.m.
E) Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.
F) Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.
G) Set your pool pump to run in the early morning or evening instead of the afternoon.
Members of the charitable nonprofit group Bear Springs Blossom Nature Conservation can get detailed tips and advice. If you want to know more just send an email.
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