Standby power, also known as vampire power, is energy used by most household appliances – like our TVs, stereos and DVD players – while they’re plugged in but not being used. About 10% of electricity in Australian homes is wasted on standby.

Aside from TVs, stereos and DVD players, vampires start sucking unnecessary power the second your iPod or mobile phone battery is full. Beware of the energy vampires! Charging devices consume energy, even when the battery is fully charged. If left idle but plugged into an outlet, they become energy vampires, continually sucking electricity from the power grid.

The best way to make sure you’re not wasting energy is to turn your electrical appliances off at the wall when you’re not using them.
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