Here at Savenia Labs, we’ve written a fair amount about Vampire Energy – the energy your electronics waste when you’re not even using them. For some devices – cell phones in particular – there’s a more active form of vampire energy. Many cell phones keep their functionality turned on all the time – Bluetooth, wifi, GPS, and a bright screen – many of which you don’t need access to every second of the day. So your phone goes on using energy to power those functions you don’t need. Katie Fehrenbacher from GigaOM tells us of a great new app for some HTC phones – PowerMax which turns off these features to reduce base energy usage without affecting the functionality of the phone.
For those other vampire power users in your home, here’s some advice on how to stop wasting energy. The easiest way to stake the vampire in your house is to buy products that use less vampire power by design. Look for products that save you energy this fall from Savenia Labs.