It’s not only at Halloween that there are vampires lurking in homes across Hertfordshire. Energy Vampires are household appliances that are slowly sucking energy from your home when you are not using them, because they are left plugged in or on standby.
A TV left on standby uses on average 1.4 watts of electricity. This may not sound like much but add to it 2.2 watts for a microwave, 3 watts for a DVD player and 3.8 watts for a laptop plus other appliances left on and this can add up over a year to about 5% of the total electricity being used in your home.
This costs the average household an extra £50 to £80 on their energy bills each year according to the Energy Saving Trust.
The simple rule is that anything with a clock or light on when not in use or that gets warm to the touch such as a phone charger plug will still be using energy and costing you money.
Slay your Energy Vampires - unplug or turn devices off at the wall socket when not in use.
As well as cutting vampire energy, there are lots of ways to save energy and money in the home. See our energy pages in the Resources section for more tips and take our turn off challenge.
Please note that our Energy Vampire prize draw has now closed. Winners will be notified shortly and sent their countdown timer plugs.