Keep Your 'Vampires' in Check
Did you know some appliances, like televisions and computers, use electricity even when they are turned off? "Vampire" appliances go into a standby mode rather than fully powering down when they are turned off. The most obvious culprits are devices with light-up digital displays or clocks and/or equipment that stay on to respond to remote controls. Use the calculator below to find out what kind of bite energy vampires take out of your monthly budget. A single item may not make much of a dent, but add it to a laptop in sleep mode, a turned off television -- or three -- and numerous other electronic devices, and the results may give you a fright.