Are you having crazy electric bills and wondering how in the hell you are getting those controversial bills? Or are you thinking of ways to conserve and be more responsible in your power usage? Either way, you going to gain some insights as to what and why your utility bill might be on the high side.
There are two main factors to consider when thinking of reducing or conserving energy consumption. They are “vampire power—also known as leaking electricity and the ratings of your retail power providers.”
Leaking electricity refers to the way electronic and electrical appliances are consuming electric power while they are switched off or in a standby mode while retail power rating is the sum aggregate of cost, efficiency, customer relation & satisfaction, flexibility, online services, etc.—of your prospective local power supplier.
If you live in a state like Texas the electricity ratings and consumption of power is very high, and there are endless suppliers of retail power scattered across the region. It becomes a nightmare navigating through the list of power companies to make the right choice.
But thanks to technology and innovation, we now have companies that do all the work for you, making it easy just to go online and the see the best-rated companies with user reviews that help in guiding your decision making.
Coming back to “vampire power.” Many folks tend to believe that once an appliance has been turned off, it is no longer consuming electricity—nothing can be further from the truth. So long as you leave a device plugged to a utility outlet, regardless of if it is turned off or not—it is most definitely consuming some form of power.
below are some examples of energy consumption from your home devices when turned off or when in stand by mode.
Dvd player—(when off)—10watts
Microwave—(when on stand by)—5watts
Audio system—(when off)—24watts
Cable converter box—(when on stand by)—30watts
Surge protector—(when on stand by)—6watts
In general, the best practice of avoiding excessive consumption of electricity is by simply unplugging the device from the utility outlet. There are, however, some devices that may need constant energy for them to function correctly like fridges and digital alarm clock. In which case, you should endeavor to know what their “vampire” ratings are.