Vampire Units : Identify & Estimate your wastage by Vampire Power

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
Charged2.8124.62
 
Mobile Phone ChargerUSB TypeTurned Off0.262.28
Plug Type
 
ModemDSLTurned Off1.3712.00
CableTurned Off3.8433.64
Standby3.8533.73
 
Air ConditionerWall MountedTurned Off0.907.88
Window Mounted
Typical Kitchen Appliances
Typical Kitchen Appliances
Device Type Mode Standby Power (W) Units
Oven Microwave Turned Off 4.00 35.00
Range 4.00 35.00
Toaster 1.03 9.00
Dishwasher - Turned Off 4.00 35.00
Washing Machine Dryer Turned Off 7.99 70.00
Washer 7.99 70.00
Dehumidifier 2.97 26.00
 
Typical Entertainment Appliances
Typical Entertainment Appliances
Device Type Mode Standby Power (W) Units
Television >50" LED Turned Off 1.03 9.00
40"-49" LED 1.03 9.00
30"-39" LED 1.03 9.00
>50" Plasma 6.51 57.00
40"-49" Plasma 5.02 44.00
>50" LCD 1.94 17.00
40"-49" LCD 1.94 17.00
Set-top Box DVR Off 36.68 321.32
Digital Cable with DVR Off by Remote 43.36 379.83
TV Off 44.63 390.96
Digital Cable TV Off 24.65 215.93
Off by Remote 17.83 156.19
Off by Switch 17.50 153.30
Satellite with DVR TV Off 28.35 248.35
Off by Remote 27.80 243.53
Satellite TV Off 15.95 139.72
Off by Remote 15.66 137.18
Off by Switch 15.47 135.52
 
Typical Work Appliances
Typical Work Appliances
Device Type Mode Standby Power (W) Units
Computer Displays CRT Sleep 12.14 106.35
Turned Off 0.80 7.01
LCD Sleep 1.38 9.00
Turned Off 1.13 9.90
Computer Desktop Turned Off 21.13 185.10
Off 2.84 24.88
Laptops / Notebooks Sleep 15.77 138.15
Turned Off 8.90 77.96
Charged 29.48 258.24
Fax Machine Inkjet Turned Off 5.31 46.52
Laser Turned Off 0.00 0.00
Printer / Scanner / Copier Inkjet Turned Off 5.26 46.08
Laser Turned Off 3.12 27.33
Printer Inkjet Turned Off 1.26 11.04
Laser Turned Off 1.58 13.84
Scanner Flatbed Turned Off 2.48 21.72
Speakers Computer Turned Off 1.79 15.68
 
Typical Home Appliances
Typical Home Appliances
Device Type Mode Standby Power (W) Units
Phone Cordless Turned Off 2.92 25.58
No Headset 1.58 13.84
Charged 2.81 24.62
Mobile Phone Charger USB Type Turned Off 0.26 2.28
Plug Type
Modem DSL Turned Off 1.37 12.00
Cable Turned Off 3.84 33.64
Standby 3.85 33.73
Air Conditioner Wall Mounted Turned Off 0.90 7.88
Window Mounted
 

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