Vampire power is known by several different names. Some of the other names for vampire power are standby power, vampire draws, phantom load or leaking electricity. Vampire power or standby power is the energy used by some appliances when they are turned off but still plugged into a power outlet. While this standby power can sometimes provide useful functions such as eliminating warm-up time for televisions sometimes the power is just wasted. For example, if you leave your game console plugged in after you have finished playing your game, it might still be using power. If it is, we call this vampire power. The game console is using power but you are not using it to play the game. On the other hand if you keep your DVR plugged in all day, even though you are not watching TV, the power your DVR continues to use provides a usable service if you have shows set to record. Vampire power can be eliminated by removing the device from the power source. This is completed by unplugging the device or removing batteries from the device.
A: Each time you unplug an appliance, make sure you are preventing power from being wasted. If you unplug an appliance that truly should stay on or doesn't make any difference in power consumption, that's an "unhelpful action" or "unhelpful unplug." If you do this three times, you'll have given Count Ampula the power to block you from any more unplugs the rest of the day.
Some actions you will want to avoid are:
There will be other situations, too. Use your best judgment, and remember to use the "HINT" button if you're unsure.
How to detect Vampire Power in my real home?
Case 1: I have access to a meter.
Note: If an appliance's plug is not safely accessible, see Case 2 below for finding data.
Case 2: I do not have access to a meter.
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HOW-TO GUIDE: Using the an Energy Use Monitor
Below is a photo of the Energy Use Monitor. Yours may look a bit different, but the functions will be very similar. As long as you are careful about electrical safety, measuring the power used by appliances in your home is easy! Here's how: