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Some Vampires have shadows (like the one in your kitchen) climate change tips III

Did you know that there are vampires in your house? Not the Nosferatu of legend, waiting until you are asleep too, well drain you of blood. Oh no, these vampires are far worse than that. First off they have shadows. Second off they are all day, all night, on the weekends, and if you are not careful while you are away from home on vacation. They are called Power Vampires.` What is a powerful vampire? It is any product that plugged into an electrical outlet continues to draw power when it is off. The reality of why do we have power vampires is the reality of the instant-on world we live in.  If not instant on then the ever-expanding world of always-on things.

There are some things in your home that allows need to be on, or need to be running the majority of the time. Your home heating and cooling system, Your refrigerator and freezer need to be running. (when I was a kid we used to call people as a prank call and ask “Is your refrigerator running?” when they answer “yes” we would say “well you better catch it.”) But there are things that run that you may not want to be running. Also things that run that you probably don’t know they are running. I am going to list some home appliances that are always drawing power and a couple of things you can quickly due to determine if you have other appliances that are “always-on.”

  1. Refrigerator
  2. Television
  3. Timed coffee pot (any coffee pot designed to quote turn on at a specific time)
  4. Smart speakers
  5. Laptops computers (have to change that battery)
  6. Some wireless power chargers for devices
  7. Share more in the comments.

The amount of power drawn by these devices every single day can be staggering.  I have a series of small sensors I can plugin that allows me to see how much power some devices are drawing. I also have a device from my solar panels that tell me what the average flow y hour and day. In part because my Solar System generates between 18kW and 25kW per day pending cloud cover and angle of the sun (the sun is lower on the horizon in the Northern Hemisphere in fall and winter, and higher on the horizon in the Southern Hemisphere in their spring and summer).  I will leave you with the following very simple process for removing Vampires from your home.

If you aren’t using it, unplug it!

  • Question /

    Did you know if you see an LED on, the device is pulling power?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    Did you know it is ok to unplug a laptop?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    Lithium Ion batteries have memories, they also have maximum charge numbers did you know that?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question /

    The larger the TV the greater the power draw right?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. The power-saving tips are great regardless there is actually a climate change or not because, hey, that means money saved that can be spent in other things. And climate change is being put in the forefront not because certain people are concerned about Mother Earth but because there is money in it 😉. Just saying. And Greta? Just like Malala, the Nobel Prize awardee, there are powerful force behind. The hand that rocks the cradle….

  2. You are right about that, Doc. I always unplug some equipment but can’t all the equipment (like you said) like the refrigerator, air conditioner, water pump, etc. I always unplug the cable from the laptop if the battery icon shows 100%, unfortunately, the laptop battery is generally drained quickly too, and tends to be short-lived.

    But going forward, equipment that must continue to be connected to electricity will likely continue to grow considering they are or will be connected to the internet too.

  3. Q: Did you know if you see an LED on, the device is pulling power?
    Yes (6 votes) – 75%
    No (2 votes) – 25%
    Q: Did you know it is ok to unplug a laptop?
    Yes (7 votes) – 78%
    No (2 votes) – 22%
    Q: Lithium Ion batteries have memories, they also have maximum charge numbers did you know that?
    Yes (2 votes) – 25%
    No (6 votes) – 75%
    Q: The larger the TV the greater the power draw right?
    Yes (6 votes) – 67%
    No (3 votes) – 33%

  4. Well let’s see my PC is always plugged in of course, but it’s not in the room I sleep in, I have an LED clock that is by my bed and in the kitchen my fridge and hot plate and toaster oven with an LED clock. Oh yes, and the video player in the living area that is about it.

  5. Great posting and interesting info, dear friend … many things I turn off my computer but never …. it’s always powered up … but still burns electricity if it doesn’t go on … Mrs. the washing machine switches off when not washing

  6. Yes you are absolutely correct. The big television we have is rarely turned on during the day, only a few hours at night. I unplug my laptop and use the battery often. And the thermostat is adjusted to conserve energy as well.

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