‘The vampire in your home’: Switch off your devices – all the way!

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It’s hard to overlook: If the little light is still on, that means your electric device is in standby mode, idly consuming energy regardless of how many times you’ve pressed your laptop’s off button. Australian electricity generator Origin Energy calls standby “the vampire in your home.” According to the company, an average household can save up to $68 per year by turning off all appliances properly. According to the US Energy Departement, standby power even accounts for 5 to 10% of “residential energy use,” causing an estimated cost of as much as $100 per year for US households. While new dev…

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