We’re just a few weeks out from Halloween, so ghouls, goblins and ghosts are all the talk right now. But today we want to talk to you about vampires. A specific type of vampires, actually – energy vampires.

What are energy vampires, you ask? They’re the things you leave plugged in that continue to suck energy even when you’re not using them. Some typical energy vampires include:

  • Cell phone chargers
  • Televisions
  • DVD players
  • Lamps
  • Coffee makers
  • Video game systems
  • Computers

So how much energy do these vampires actually waste? Energy Star says energy vampires cost the average homeowner about $100 a year.

Here are a couple of ways to fight energy vampires in your home, courtesy of your friends at Champion AC. You can make sure appliances that you don’t frequently use are unplugged. An easier suggestion is to plug several energy vampires into one power strip. That way you can, with a single flip of a switch, shut off the juice to several energy vampires at one time.


Ben Hubbert is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.