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Vampire loads come from devices that use electricity even when they appear to be off. These four represent the major offenders:
Chargers: Chargers use small amounts of energy even when they’re not connected to a device.
Television set-top boxes: Anytime the set-top box’s lights are on it is using power, even when the TV is off. This is especially true for devices with a DVR that record your favorite TV shows.
Instant-on television: “Instant-on” means no waiting for the TV to turn on and warm up. Unfortunately, the TV must be on at nearly full power.
Gaming consoles: Typical gaming consoles can use as much energy as a regular refrigerator, even when it’s not being used. Check the console settings and disable automatic updates, which is where the energy drain comes from.
So how do you combat these vampire loads?