Green Term Defined: Vampire Loads


Vampire loads are hidden electrical loads that can impact your energy-efficiency goals without you noticing. A vampire load is the power consumed by electronics and appliances while they are technically switched off or in standby mode. This occurs in some devices that have an on / off switch, but keep a power load in order to save memory, turn on faster, or run a clock. It also happens with things like phone chargers that do not have an on / off switch. If these items are plugged into an outlet, they are pulling power whether in use or not. Most appliances with a remote control also have a constant load. For instance, a television uses the same amount of electricity as a 60 watt light bulb when turned off.

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The best way to manage a vampire load is by using a power strip or simply unplugging the device. This could potentially save you as much as 10% a month in energy usage.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Martin Misenhimer says:

    Great information! – And a simple solution.

    Thanks, Charles.

    From: DESIGN MATTERS <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: DESIGN MATTERS <comment+ewo8w7pnzzj3-wge89ccp2n@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Monday, January 12, 2015 9:03 AM To: Martin Misenhimer <mmisenhimer@atas.com> Subject: [New post] Green Term Defined: Vampire Loads

    The Gaines Group – Harrisonburg Studio posted: “Vampire loads are hidden electrical loads that can impact your energy-efficiency goals without you noticing. A vampire load is the power consumed by electronics and appliances while they are technically switched off or in standby mode. This occurs in some”

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