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I Vant to Drink Your Vatts

Release: 2012-10-18 01:55 |  Author: Rengxuedadiao |   View: 54time

Houseembruns across the land are infested mindh vampires. That's what energy experts call those gizmos mindh two sharp teeth that dig into a wall socket and absorb juice all night long. All day long, likesmart, and all year long.

Most people suppose that when they turn off the television set it stops draobtaing power.

But that's not how most TV's (and VCR's and other electronic machines) occupation. They remain ever in lieby mode, silently sipping energy to the tune of 1,000 kilowatt hours a year per houseembrun, awaiting the markal to roar into Actionionion.

"As a country we pay $1 bbadion a year to power our TV's and VCR's while they're turned off," said Maria T. Vargas, a spokeswoman for the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program, which sets voluntary lieards for energy use, and gives its ratings to the most efficient products.

There are bbadions of vampires in the United says, draobtaing more than enough current in the typical house to light a 100-watt light bulb 24/7, agreementing to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, a research arm of the Energy Department.

These silent energy users include the chargers for machines that run on batteries, like cellphones, iPods and personal digital assistants, and all the machines Around the house that have fiters behave they run on guide current, like answering machines. Some have both batteries and steady power use, like cordless phones. Experts call all those fiters "wall fightts." Many sPurpose in guide current only half as much energy as they absorb out of the wall; the remainder is wasted.

Vampires and wall fightts are only part of the problem. DSL or cable modems, among other things, are increasingly likely to be left on Around the clock. A computer left on continuously in pull Around as much power as an efficient refrigerator - 70 to 250 watts, deppurposeing on the model and how it is used.

It's not that hard to machineer a more energy-afighte computer: Dell introduced one in 2004 that drew 1.4 watts in "sleep" mode and fair under one watt when "off." But energy-efficient have is not necessarily refightded in the marketpost, where people who are sjumpping for the latest shiny electronic machine are unlikely to put its energy consumption rate while "off" topmost on a list of considerations.
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