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App Introduction

Standby power is a hidden vampire. Can you spot its clan of energy-sucking appliances?

Short App Introduction

Think about appliances which remain plugged in when they are turned off. They are using standby, or “Vampire” power. This energy leakage adds up, costing money and contributing to carbon emissions in the long run. Find appliances which do NOT use vampire power.

Web Introduction

The United States accounts for 5% of the world’s population, but consumes 20% of the world’s energy. Think about appliances which remain plugged in when they are turned off. They are using standby, or “Vampire” power. This energy leakage adds up, costing money and contributing to carbon emissions in the long run. Find appliances which do NOT use vampire power.

Media Assets

  • Take a picture of an appliance which you use or see every day that doesn’t use vampire power.
  • Write about what you discovered through the learning quest experience. What did you learn about Vampire Power? What do you want to learn more about?
  • Make a list of appliances you use daily and leave plugged in. Could they be unplugged?

Question 1

Which of the following features identifies a device that draws standby power? 

  1. Constantly illuminated status light or LED (light emitting diode) screen
  2. "Soft-touch" key pad
  3. Remote Control
  4. All of the above

Question 2

Which device uses the most standby power?

  1. Garage-door opener
  2. Cordless phone
  3. Cable modem
  4. Microwave

Question 3

What percentage of a home’s electricity use in the United States is due to standby power

  1. One
  2. Four
  3. A miniscule amount
  4. Between 5 and 15

Question 4

What can you do at home to curb use of standby power?

  1. Unplug chargers when they’re not in use.
  2. Energy Star products.
  3. Get an energy meter to see how much energy your electrical appliances and devices use.
  4. All of the above.