Zombie Electronics: Stop Feeding The Shambles!

Zombie Electronics: Stop Feeding The Shambles! Have you heard? The Shambles are back in town – just like the characters in The Walking Dead (Season 5 starts this Sunday, 10/12/2014)! But instead of “Braaaaaaains,” these zombies eat at your electricity usage. Don’t fall victim to the Shambles – learn how much energy you’re feeding these zombies through not paying attention to your daily routines:

  • 27 – The amount of watts of energy a typical gaming console eats up when it’s in use
  • 23 – The amount of watts that same gaming console feasts on when it’s in standby mode
  • 24 – The amount of dollars that same gaming console in standby mode wastes in a year
  • 75 – The percentage of electricity consumed to power zombie electronics and zombie appliances that are turned off
  • 20 – The percentage of the total energy bill appliances and home electronics are responsible for in the average U.S. home
  • 10-50 – The amount of zombie electronics a typical home has lurking inside

Stop feeding the Shambles with your zombie electronics! Try some of these energy efficiency tips to get rid of this zombie family:

  • Look for the Energy Star logo when shopping for new appliances.
  • Use a power strip as a central “turn off” point. It will completely disconnect the power supply and terminate the zombie infiltration.
  • Unplug all major appliances when heading out on vacation. Even when devices such as the microwave, stove and washing machine aren’t in use, their LED panels continue to devour energy.
  • Manually turn off computer monitors. It saves more electricity than a screen saver.
  • Rather than leaving a light on to deter burglars, install a timer. This way your lights are on for only a short period rather than all day.

Want some more energy saving tips? Check out our Energy Zombies video series!

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Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Adam P. Newton never acquired the charming accent that most life-long Texans possess in spades, but he’s OK with that. Adam currently creates and curates online content for Direct Energy. Before his career in content marketing, Adam spent several years toiling as a freelance music journalist.

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