Avoiding Appliance Drain

Lower your electricity bill this month by eliminating all vampire charges. The term, “vampire charges,” refers to all the electricity used by your appliances when they’re plugged in but not in use. This means that – even when your toaster and cellphone charger aren’t being used – they still drain electricity just by being plugged into the socket.

It can be annoying to pull out each plug as soon as you’re done with it. But by investing in a smart power strip, you can avoid this purposeless use of energy. A smart power strip will automatically power down any device that is not currently being used. Though the strip will set you back $20-$30, it is well worth it, since it will pay for itself in the savings you gain each month for years to come.

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