You might be paying almost 5% extra every month owing to Vampire Units.

Units in your bill that show up because of electricity consumed by Vampire Power are called Vampire Units. Impacts of these units are very straight forward. They cause unwanted increase in your electric bill and also are the root cause for increase in your carbon footprint. Vampire Units directly result in electricity wastage.

Identifying and Estimating

Vampire Units | Greensutra | IndiaIt is important to identify which appliances consume vampire power. Such appliances are identified if they are:

  • Always plugged in sockets
  • Switched Off by remote
  • Put on Standby or Remote
  • Always Changing

We have listed below a set of electronic devices that are most commonly used in most households or offices. The list also contains the average vampire power or average standby power consumption in W (watts) of the respective appliances.

To estimate the units, following equation can be used:

Units = Watts x Hours

These vampire units help quantify the amount of wastage and take proper precautions against it. For ease of use, we have organised the data in five generic categories. 

Typical Home Appliances
Typical Home Appliances
DeviceType ModeStandby Power (W)Units
PhoneCordlessTurned Off2.9225.58
No Headset1.5813.84
Mobile Phone ChargerUSB TypeTurned Off0.262.28
Plug Type
ModemDSLTurned Off1.3712.00
CableTurned Off3.8433.64
Air ConditionerWall MountedTurned Off0.907.88
Window Mounted
Typical Kitchen Appliances
Typical Kitchen Appliances
DeviceType ModeStandby Power (W)Units
OvenMicrowaveTurned Off4.0035.00
Dishwasher-Turned Off4.0035.00
Washing MachineDryerTurned Off7.9970.00
Typical Entertainment Appliances
Typical Entertainment Appliances
DeviceType ModeStandby Power (W)Units
Television>50" LEDTurned Off1.039.00
40"-49" LED1.039.00
30"-39" LED1.039.00
>50" Plasma6.5157.00
40"-49" Plasma5.0244.00
>50" LCD1.9417.00
40"-49" LCD1.9417.00
Set-top BoxDVROff36.68321.32
Digital Cable with DVROff by Remote43.36379.83
TV Off44.63390.96
Digital CableTV Off24.65215.93
Off by Remote17.83156.19
Off by Switch17.50153.30
Satellite with DVRTV Off28.35248.35
Off by Remote27.80243.53
SatelliteTV Off15.95139.72
Off by Remote15.66137.18
Off by Switch15.47135.52
Typical Work Appliances
Typical Work Appliances
DeviceType ModeStandby Power (W)Units
Computer DisplaysCRTSleep12.14106.35
Turned Off0.807.01
Turned Off1.139.90
ComputerDesktopTurned Off21.13185.10
Laptops / NotebooksSleep15.77138.15
Turned Off8.9077.96
Fax MachineInkjetTurned Off5.3146.52
LaserTurned Off0.000.00
Printer / Scanner / CopierInkjetTurned Off5.2646.08
LaserTurned Off3.1227.33
PrinterInkjetTurned Off1.2611.04
LaserTurned Off1.5813.84
ScannerFlatbedTurned Off2.4821.72
SpeakersComputerTurned Off1.7915.68

If your device is not listed here or you would like to expand this list, drop by your suggestions in the comment section below.

Vampire Units : Identify & Estimate your wastage by Vampire Power
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