Energy Zombies are here and ... they are lurking in your home, apartment, and office building.
What are Energy Zombies? The subtle ways we waste energy that add up over time.
According to the US Department of Energy, 75% of the appliance energy use comes from when the appliance is turned off. And no, that’s not a typo.
Here are a few of the most common Energy Zombies and tips on how to stop them!
Do you have energy zombies lurking in your dwelling?
There’s only one way to know for sure. And this scary sight is a clear indicator that zombies abound! That’s right. You’ve guessed it: A high energy bill. Yes, we know high bills are crazy frightening and wreak havoc on your budget, but harboring energy zombies is expensive. However, we are here to help. Have you received a high energy bill from us in the last few months? Are you starting to #ButtonUp for the cold winter months? Our Energy Engage tool can help identify if energy zombies are lurking in your home!
This Little Light of Mine ... Is an Energy Zombie
If you are not using ENERGY-STAR certified LED bulbs around your home or office, you may have more than a few energy zombies lurking in your midst. LEDSs make more light with less electricity and uses only 12 watts to produce as much light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb. Also, LEDs simply last longer. A 60-watt incandescent bulb lasts about 1,000 hours before burning out. LEDs last 25,000 hour or more!
Sure, LEDs can cost a bit more, but an LED can cut energy use by 80% or more, helping to energy zombie proof your home or office. If you’re already using LEDs? Awesome! Remember to always turn off the lights when you’re not using them, and open your curtains. Natural light is … well … free!
Learn more about Energy Star certified LED bulbs.
Energy Zombies! In the Bathroom?
Yes, Energy Zombies can lurk even in the bathroom. It all boils down to water consumption and waste. Leaky toilet? Energy Zombie! Water heater thermostat too high? Energy Zombie! Running the water while brushing your teeth! Energy Zombie!
In order to prevent Energy Zombies from taking over your bathroom space install low-flow faucet aerators that will reduce the amount of water released, and take short showers instead of baths. Additionally, repairing leaky faucets and toilets are another win-win. Thirty drops a minute released by a leaky faucet can waste up to 50 gallons a month, and a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons a day.
Visit the EPA's website for more information on water conservation.
It's All Fun and Game(ing) Until an Energy Zombie Appears
Energy Zombies can lurk in the most unsuspecting places and one of those places is your gaming console. We know. We know. Nothing is safe.
Your gaming console can and does waste energy. In order to receive a remote control signal, most appliances need to use electricity to be “on alert.” And in many cases the amount of energy used when an appliance is turned off is close to the amount when turn on. For a gaming console that’s approximately 63.73 W of electricity while OFF. *Blood curdling scream*
Pretty scary stuff. But no worries! Energy Star has you covered!
Read about ways to avoid this Energy Zombie.
Are you unwittingly calling 1-800-Energy-Zombie? No? Are you sure?
Have you left your cell phone charging overnight even though your phone was fully charged?
Have you left the charger in the wall after detaching the phone?
If the answer is yes, then yes, you’ve dialed 1-800-Energy Zombie on a few occasions.
This solution to this problem is easy. Simply hang up. And by hang up we mean unplug.
Learn more about Phantom Load.
Drains… Drains… DRAINS!
An overloaded power strip does nothing to help to ward off Energy Zombies. In addition to being an extreme safety hazard that could potentially cause a fire, power strips won’t work properly and still drain energy and trip breakers..
Power strips are designed for low power loads such as computers and similar electronics. High current devices such as space heaters, microwaves and toasters will exceed the load capacity and lead to overheating. High current devices should only be plugged directly into a wall outlet.
When used properly power strips are a great way to remove Energy Zombies from your home or office. For your safety please select a power strip listed by National Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) which means the power strip will have a UL or CSA logo on the data plate.