High electricity bill? Locate your energy vampires and unplug them

Phoenix - The easiest way to reduce your electricity bill is to raise the thermostat a couple degrees.

But let's be honest, during the Arizona summer very few of us are willing to do that. However, there are a few ways to reduce the power bill.

It involves finding your homes "energy vampires" and shutting them down. The savings won't be seen right away, but every little bit adds up.
 

Where are these energy vampires?

It is the appliances that are plugged in all around your house. You may not have known, but even if the appliance, such as your coffee maker, is off when it's plugged into the wall outlet, power is still be using.

After a while, this can add up to serious dollars on your monthly electrical bill. The official term for this is "standby power."

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it costs the average household about $100 extra per year.

One of the worst offenders is probably sitting right in your living room the DVR box.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory tested hundreds of items for how much energy was used.

It says, depending on what kind of DVR you have, boxes can use up to 43 watts of power per hour when turned off.
 

A laptop used nearly 9 watts of power, while its charger is still plugged into the wall.

There is a really simple way to help limit the amount of power these devices use: turn them off and unplug them when not in use.

Unplug the blender, the electric toothbrush and the TV and DVR player when not in use.

Check to see how much energy your devices use here .

Here are some other ways to reduce standby power use in your home .

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