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Its National Vampire Awareness Day!
While we aren't talking about the blood-drinking phantoms of the our favorite scary stories and myths, these vampires are also frightening. Vampire power, also known as phantom load, is the electricity that electronics and appliances use while they are turned off or in standby mode.
When you walk out of room, hit the light switch to the off position. When the MP3 player is fresh and ready to go, unplug the charger. Activate the low-power settings, such as sleep and hibernate, on computers, monitors and printers. You'd be surprised to learn how much power your toys consume, even when they are off. Some estimates put this phantom power drain at a cost of $4 billion annually in the U.S. alone.