If you want to save electricity, reduce energy costs, and become a more energy-efficient consumer, a good place to start is by unplugging "vampire" home appliances.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, 40 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed when they are switched off, and most homes across the country have between 10 and 50 such devices. Also known as vampire electronics, they include everyday household appliances like microwaves, phone chargers, home computers and even washing machines.
Think about it: the average DVD player uses over 11 watts of electricity while it's in use, and about six watts when it's "turned off." Follow these simple expert tips to be more energy efficient and lower costs by starving those energy vampires: