WHILE YOU SLEEP, THE ENERGY VAMPIRES DON’T REST
During the night, while you sleep, the energy vampires get up and go across your home, they dig their canines into the electric current and “suck” the energy, silently, without attracting attention, drop by drop, kilowatt to kilowatt.
Who are they? How are these energy vampires called?
The name of the vampire is Stand By, even though it has different identities, and, in certain environments, it is also known as “Wait Mode”, “Sleep” or “Ready to use”.
The International Energy Agency (created by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development after the oil crisis in 1973) reckons that the electrical appliances “turned off” in Stand By consume around 1.6 kilowatts a day on average, meaning an amount that would reach between the 5% and the 12% of the energy expenditure of each house.
According to this data, on average, it would be barely a few euros per month, 6 or 7, but if we add the millions of homes in a country and multiply it by 12 months, it is a huge energy waste.
And it is during the night, when you sleep, that this consumption becomes more evident, since it is when, generally, neither the computers, nor the televisions, nor consoles or not even microwaves are really working.
It is to this waste the experts colloquially called “vampire current”.
The favorite victims of the “vampire current”
When the lights are off and without working (but remain plugged in), the favorite victims of the vampire current (the ones that have the sweetest and most abundant energy) are the following:
– The coffee maker: (1 watt / hour)
– The wireless telephone: between 1 and 3 watts / hour
– The television (every TV): between 1,5 and 3 watts / hour
– The telephone charger: just over 2 watts / hour
– The microwaves: nearly 4 watts / hour
– The computer: until 73 watts / hour
– The laptops: between 8 and 15 watts / hour
A stake in the vampire’s heart
When you switch off the television (or any other electrical appliance), if you don’t unplug it, it will keep consuming energy, not much, but enough to keep the meter box in motion.
So seen, we no longer see it: normally a red light (or an LED panel) tends to warn you that the device is alive and still breathing electricity.
In order to reduce the useless energy consumption, we can only do one thing: disconnect / unplug the electrical appliances that we won’t be using while we are sleeping.
However, if unplug them every day is laborious (let’s imagine that the plug is half hidden behind a piece of furniture), it will be very useful to connect all the electrical appliances on a circuit board with a switch (multiple base with disconnect switch) provided with a pilot light that lets you know when the switch is on.
This gesture will be enough: click the switch and stop spending your money on something you really don’t use and definitely don’t need.
You know, it’s all up to us: a gesture, your gesture, mine, millions of gestures from people who don’t settle, is what can revert the environmental situation of the planet.