Draining Our Energy
|Energy Secretary Steven Chu|
Energy vampires are pieces of electrical equipment that use electricity even when "off." Such equipment is not really off, just in some kind of stand-by, like TVs, so they can power on in less than a second rather than with a lengthy warm-up (like TVs of my childhood.) Some of these vampires are rather puzzling, such as the fat transformer block at the plug or mid-cord between wall socket and device that uses electricity even when disconnected from the equipment. Why can these not be built to be truly off?
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