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Vampire Appliances Explained – How Do They Work?

Vampire appliances are called vampires as they still use power even when they are switched off at the wall socket. When some appliances are switched off and go into standby mode, they still can consume power and could contribute to quite a substantial portion of power bills. 

It is important to remove your appliances altogether once they have been switched off – in other words, pull the plug out of the wall when you switch off your television set, your computer and if you have a charger for your laptop or for your cell phone, remove these from the power as they still consume energy even when not plugged into the device. 

Did You Know… 

  • As much as 20% of your entire monthly electricity bill could account for vampire appliances 
  • Vampire power is also referred to as standby power 

This Is How Vampire Power Works 

  • Every electrical cord that is plugged into a plug socket consumes energy and pulls the electricity out 
  • Many modern electrical devices are equipped with sleep and standby modes – your computer is a good example 
  • When appliances are in sleep or standby mode, they are using power 
  • Power is used to connect remotely, record data and to update information One of the chief causes of energy leaking is as a direct result of advanced technology and modern technologically advanced devices 
  • Did you know that your device can still receive signals from remotes to power your device on at any given time even when your device is in sleep or standby mode? 
  • The power that is regularly available has been designed to respond instantly when needed 
  • Technology is great but it can cost you dearly  
  • Most offices and homes have devices that consume vampire power as they come equipped with standby options 

This List Will Tell You Which Appliances Are the Biggest Vampires 

  • Your computer equipment such as your charger, modem, router and all PC’s including your desktop and laptop 
  • Satellite and other TV-related boxes 
  • TV’s that are in “instant on” mode. The bigger the screen of your TV, the energy it will consume 
  • Sound systems  
  • Your microwave, clock, and other electrical household appliances 

It Is Easy to Spot an Energy Vampire 

  • When an electrical appliance has a continuous display such as a clock or it includes LED then this will be in all probability be a vampire appliance  
  • If an appliance has a remote control it will continue to consume energy even when it is unplugged from the wall 
  • When an appliance charges batteries, it will consume energy when it is switched off at the wall 

The best way to save power and avoid appliances and devices from consuming energy when you are not using them is to unplug them from the wall and remove the plug entirely. This is especially pertinent to chargers, video games, and cell phone chargers. A smart idea is to use power strips that will turn off numerous appliances including TVs, garage door openers, microwaves and computers as well as other electronics. Turn off printers, computer equipment, and routers in the home office or the office when not in use. Some electrical devices that have an on and off button are almost identical in the use of power. Printers are a very good example as they use almost the same amount of power when switched on or if in standby mode. 



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Save Energy as Load shedding Gains Momentum

The big question everyone is asking as more and more employees gravitate towards working from home and online is “How can we save energy as load shedding gains momentum? The reality is that load shedding is back and let’s be honest, it is disruptive and a downright nuisance on all fronts. Many small businesses and home offices simply don’t have the ready cash to invest in expensive equipment including solar and generators – but is losing power the only option? Many of us are now working from home, and in a world where much is driven by tech, one does not have to lose productivity when the lights go out. There are many smart ideas that you can put into place to lighten power consumption and avoid the loss of large chunks of productivity during load shedding. 

No Need to Fork Out a Fortune to Save Energy – Start with Baby Steps 

  • Seal air leaks and use insulation for your home office or business. When heat seeps out of a warm room you are simply wasting money through the cracks and gaps  
  • Develop a smart plan to save money on energy in the long and the short-term. Which appliances are consuming the most energy? Find out which are energy guzzlers and take action to reduce the power that these consume wherever possible 
  • Use the right water heater for your home and home office. It is a smart idea to insulate it and lower the temperature on the geyser 
  • Lighting could consume a substantial amount of energy. Change all your lighting with energy-efficient lights such as LED globes  
  • Natural lighting saves on energy. Cut back any foliage to let as much natural light in as possible. Enjoy light and views while saving money. Other ways to conserve energy can be done by insulating your windows correctly. Natural light will flood your home office or business with sunlight while saving on energy bills 
  • Wherever possible, invest in energyefficient appliances and office equipment to get the best performance while using lower amounts of energy 

It Is Time to Make the Most of Downtime During Load Shedding 

  • Investing in the correct equipment to do the job when the power goes out is a smart move in the right direction.  
  • Choose surge protectors for when the power returns. These surge protectors will plug right into the wall socket and are not expensive. The great thing is that surge protectors will ensure your expensive electronic equipment won’t get damaged during dips and surges 
  • Invest in a UPS or generator for emergency back-up. Generators run by using fuel – take this into account when investing in one 
  • Solar-powered lights are perfect for when the lights go out. You need not be left in the dark. Simply invest in a couple of LED lights with USB ports to recharge your phone 
  • Gas is great for cooking and making tea – invest in a small gas table-top stove if you don’t have a gas stove or oven 
  • Keep a flask of boiled water handy for tea and coffee for when the power goes out 

Load shedding is back, and we need to make certain that we are prepared. Save power wherever possible and think out of the box to minimise the frustration of living through a time where we face many challenges on numerous levels. With so many of us working from home now, more than ever, we need to be forearmed.