Kill Vampire Electronics and Lower Your Electric Bill #ProjectEnvolve (Mission 4)

I’ve written this post as an ambassador for Project Envolve™ (sponsored in part by PPL Electric Utilities) . Project Envolve supplied me with materials to help weatherize my home along with tips for living an energy-efficient lifestyle. This post contains an affiliate link.

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I have a pretty fantastic announcement to make. Since becoming a #ProjectEnvolve Ambassador in December, I’ve been making is my mission to lower our electric bill. Every month. I was a little worried this month since it’s been so cold and we’ve spent so much time inside (too much TV, baking, etc…) but our bill arrived 3 days ago and, YES! We’ve officially gone down another $10!

We’re down below $100!

But I’m not done yet…

The folks at Project Envolve sent out materials for Mission 4, and honestly, this is a pretty simple one. This time around, we’re focusing on awareness. Knowing what your using, and what’s using your electricity when you don’t even know it. Devices that suck up power even when they’re not in use are called “Vampire Electronics” and they can stick you with a really scary electric bill.

Here are a few tips on how to spot them in your home:

Stop feeding Vampire Electronics and lower your electric bill!  #ProjectEnvolve

So how do you know exactly how much energy these suckers are using? There’s an easy way to tell: a Kill A Watt® Energy Usage Monitor. I was sent one to use, and I’ve been using it on everything from my Keurig to my flat iron. It’s fascinating to finally know how much energy everything uses and, and it’s accurate within 0.2%.

Test your electricity usage with a Kill a Watt monitor. #ProjectEnvolve

I decided to put it to work on this beast, an air conditioner that was built into the wall of our house when we bought it. Yeah, it says EnergyStar™, but I’m not so sure it’s the most efficient thing. (My husband had the bottom molding off to insulate around it – an easy step we discussed in  Mission 3.)

How can you tell if your appliances are efficient? #ProjectEnvolve

Using the Kill A Watt Monitor, I was able to check the electricity usage of our air conditioner in volts, amps, watts and more (eight critical units of measurement in all.) Once warm weather hits, I’ll really be able to get a specific read on how much energy it’s using daily and keep our bill from skyrocketing.

Monitor Your Energy Usage #ProjectEnvolve

All you have to do to assess your usage is plug the monitor into an outlet, then plug your appliance into the monitor and wait one hour, or 24 hours if you want daily usage. This is great to use on high-use devices, like your TV, and standby devices, like your DVD player (a serious vampire!) You’d probably be surprised to see which appliances use high amounts of electricity, like hair dryers and toasters!

Feeling inspired? Here’s an easy tip sheet from Project Envolve that you can pin for later! (Make sure to scroll all the way down…there’s a giveaway at the bottom!)

4 Easy Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill #ProjectEnvolve

Now, get a monitor and start hunting vampires!

Join me! How much do you think you can lower your electric bill? Visit Amazon to get a Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor
or enter to win one using the easy Rafflecopter form below, and you’ll be well on your way!

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  1. I swear, I am always running around unplugging chargers and things left behind in our outlets!! UGH!
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  2. This is great! We are always looking for ways to save a little money around here. I’m always shutting off lights but I never think to unplug our chargers or try any of the tips you shared. Thanks for sharing!
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  3. LOL! I had never heard them referred to as Vampire Electronics! Makes sense though! :)
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  4. I totally need one of these. We have so many things that stay plugged in and everyone says we need the tv and stuff plugged in at night. You are sleeping, you don’t need the tv to go to sleep! Yes, my family drives me nuts with their tvs.
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  5. Love the name Vampire Electronics! I would love to have an electric bill that is under $100. I need to start paying more attention to all the little energy sucks around the house and see how much I can shave off our monthly bill.
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  6. Oh my goodness, that is so cool. I would love to know how much electricity we use when we don’t know we are using it. HA!

  7. I love this! The entire thing, we have cut down after the city sent us a note saying we used more than our neighbors, well I have 5 kids and they don’t. But we started to look at things we could change and it helped!
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  8. I know I have things plugged in that are probably sucking up power even when we aren’t using them! Thanks for these tips, will check around my house today!
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  9. I LOVE ALL YOUR TIPS-I TRY TO REMEMBER TO UNPLUG MY CHARGERS ETC WHEN NOT IN USE!! WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS!
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  10. I always try to turn off the tv and lights when I am not using them!
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  11. Never thought about the gaming system. It is plugged in all the time but not used much til the kids are over,
    Debbie Denny recently posted..Fried Asparagus Spears and Dipping Sauce!My Profile

  12. We need to have one of those monitors around my house. I am always trying to lower our electric bill.
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  13. I would love to won one of these. My energy saving tip is I only wash clothes in cold water.

  14. I’d be very interested to see where the energy vampires are in my house. (I know there’s at least one energy vampire sucking the energy out of ME, but that’s a whole other complaint, LOL!) I’m betting my hair dryer would actually be one of the biggest unsuspecting culprits.
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  15. Our electricity bill is always so high and it’s because everything is plugged in all the time! This looks like a great solution for us.
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  16. this sounds like an awesome device, I am going to enter this giveaway – I am all about saving money!
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  17. While I’m probably not willing to unplug tv’s and computers, I’ll definitely try to be better about other things that aren’t constantly accessed.
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  18. I love the name Vampire Electronics but I hate that I probably have a ton of them in my house. This device sounds really interesting, and it would be amazing if I could lower my monthly bill even a little bit. Under $100? WOW!
    Lois Alter Mark recently posted..best of scottsdale, day 3: hotel valley ho and a taste of old townMy Profile

  19. It is a good idea to do an electronic audit to find places that are realistic for your family to save on electronic costs.
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  20. Great advice. Unfortunately, I have a ton of Vampire electronics.
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  21. The play on words “Kill A Watt” it genius! My favorite tip is, using the power saving mode. Little things can make a difference.
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  22. Wow, $100. You have inspired me. I am going to buy more power strips and flip the switch. I need to be more wise with my energy usage.
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  23. Love the name Vampire Electronics! I would love to have an electric bill that is under $100, mine is over $ 300.00 I need to pay more attention to all the energy plugged items round the house and see how much I can shave off our monthly bill.
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  24. Great tips– we turn the heat down before we leave for the day!
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  25. We don’t do it every day, but anytime we’re going to be out of the house for a whole day or more, we make sure to unplug as many things as possible, not just turning them off. (Humidifiers, water cooler/heater, space heater, computers, any power strips, etc.)

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