wrote about "energy vampires" a couple of
years back, but as the new year approaches, itís
probably a good time to ponder again ways to cut utility
vampires include cellphone chargers, computer monitors,
printers, video games and cable boxes.
to Suzanne Jones of the Association of Energy Services
Professionals, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
estimates that the average household spends about $100
per year to keep power immediately available to devices
not being actively used.
that accounts for more than $10 billion in energy that
offers some suggestions for driving stakes through the
hearts of such vampires:
smart power strips to reduce the flow of electricity to
devices that are not being actively used.
incandescent bulbs with LED light bulbs that last for
a smart shower head that senses when the water is hot
and stops the flow until you are ready to get in.
your devices into a new type of outlet that allows you
to program and monitor their use remotely.
your water-heater savings, quickly and easily. A simple
reduction of 10 degrees could save you as much as $10 a
a smart thermostat and learn to program it.
are not expensive solutions," Jones said.
estimate that by spending about $500 on
energy-efficiency devices that are easy to buy, install,
and use, that more than $1,800 per year in energy
savings can be generated."
this isnít a complete list of everything you can do to
reduce energy use in your house, and you may have other
ideas that you would be willing to share.
not sure that the projected savings offered by Jonesí
group would be what everyone would realize. Certainly,
there will be those among you who have issues with LED
lighting, water heaters, water-saving shower heads and
share your ideas with Jones and other energy
professionals, go to www.aesp.org.