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Put a Stake in Energy Vampires that Could Be Lurking in Your Home this Halloween

ComEd provides tips to help customers avoid energy waste in their homes​

CHICAGO (October 27, 2016) – Energy vampires are real and could be causing energy waste in your home. ComEd encourages customers to put a stake in energy vampires by implementing simple efficiency tips that can help them save energy and money.

Vampire energy, also known as standby energy, is the energy drawn from outlets when equipment is off but still plugged in. Many types of electronics and office equipment, including cell phones, computers, printers, game consoles, and more, continue to draw electricity when they are plugged in and turned off.  Vampire energy can account for 15 percent or more of the total electricity used by these devices.

Take the bite out of energy vampires by following these simple energy savings tips:

  • Use a power strip with an on/off switch to completely power down electronics around your home.
  • Unplug your mobile phone charger, portable music player or other electronics once they are fully charged.
  • When preparing for out-of-town travel, always unplug all nonessential devices.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on home appliances, electronics and other products. ENERGY STAR® products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Discover where energy vampires may be prowling in your home by implementing power-saving practices through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program. ComEd offers a variety of energy efficiency tools and options that can help customers analyze their electricity use and provide customized ways to save energy and money. ComEd customers can access their usage information online or on a mobile device. They can also enroll in smart meter-enabled programs that can help them reduce energy use like Peak Time Savings or Hourly Pricing. To create your own personal profile and have easy access to your electricity usage, visit today.

Save even more money by applying for rebates on a variety of ENERGY STAR® certified appliances, smart thermostats and qualifying high-efficiency equipment and services. Learn more at


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