Here’s a note from Energy Secretary (Energy Vampire Slayer-in-Chief?) Steven Chu:
“To date, there is no scientific evidence about the existence of Zombies, but what about vampires? Actually, when it comes to energy, they are all too real. “Vampire appliances” – from DVD players to stereos to desktop computers — suck up energy even when they are turned off. In fact, these vampires are responsible for adding 10 percent or more to your monthly electricity bill.
Garlic doesn’t work against these vampires. But by taking some simple steps – like using power strips or setting your computer to go into sleep mode – you can protect yourself, and your wallet. Learn more here: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=about.vampires”
Here’s a nugget from the Energy Star page:
“The average U.S. household spends $100 per year to power devices while they are off (or in standby mode). On a national basis, standby power accounts for more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of annual U.S. electricity consumption and more than $10 billion in annual energy costs.”
So slay away!