It’s downright spooky how much electricity some appliances can use … even when they’re not being used. Defeating these energy vampires – home appliances that drain power when off or in standby mode – can reduce your total energy usage by up to 10 percent.

We’re talking about appliances you likely have in every room in your house. Top offenders include computers and computer equipment, instant-on TVs, cable boxes, surround sound systems and household items with a clock, such as a microwave and alarm clock. But lots of other items draw unnecessary power, too: phone chargers, guest bedroom TVs, coffee makers, hair dryers and portable fans, to name just a few. It’s estimated that the average home has 30-50 energy vampires sucking up electricity and bleeding homeowners’ wallets.

At OUC, we’re all about helping our customers conserve energy and save money on their utility bills. So how can you stop the madness? In addition to following common conservation tips like adjusting or upgrading your thermostat, investing in energy-saving appliances, and purchasing quality window shades, there are less obvious solutions that can make a big impact. Simple changes like unplugging electronics and appliances when not in use will do the trick. To make the process hassle-free, group those items together on one power strip that can be easily turned on and off.

So, this Halloween, drive a stake in your home’s energy vampires – and treat yourself to some sweet savings on your utility bills.