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I Vant to Drink Your Vatts

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 20 Nov 2005 01:16:35 -0500


WASHINGTON - Households across the land are infested with vampires.
That's what energy experts call those gizmos with two sharp teeth that
dig into a wall socket and suck your juice all night long. All day
long, too, and all year long.

Most people assume that when they turn off the television set it stops
drawing power.

But that's not how most TV's (and VCR's and other electronic devices)
work. They remain ever in standby mode, silently sipping energy to
the tune of 1,000 kilowatt hours a year per household, awaiting the
signal to roar into action.

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