Would you pay $30 for the clock on your microwave oven?
New ‘vampire power’ research from Savenia Labs helps consumers save energy and money.
New research shows that the most energy hungry microwaves on the market today cost as much as $30 to run when not in use – in large part due to the clock. These surprising early results were found after testing the top 20 microwave ovens sold in the United States at Savenia Labs, a University of MD Clark School of Engineering partner company in Bethesda, MD. ‘Vampire power’ also known as standby power was shown to consume more than 1/5th of a microwave’s total energy consumption over its lifetime.
When added to other appliances and electronics in your house, vampire power costs can add up to almost $200 per year for Maryland residents.
Savenia Labs recommends users choose a more efficient unit when possible and will be releasing energy ratings in Fall 2011 to help individuals and businesses make informed shopping decisions. For those who don’t need a new unit now, we offer this advice:
- Unplug your microwave and when you plug it back in, don’t set the clock. Testing shows this can cut vampire power use by 50% in some units.
- Unplug your small appliances when you go on vacation, or when not in use.
- Use a smart strip to make it easy to power off your small appliances and home electronics when not in use.