Random national holidays always amuse me — like ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ (September 19th) or ‘Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day’ (January 29th). It generally takes little more than some organization or impassioned individual to decree a day in recognition of something; which is why we were pleased to hear that Best Buy has named today, October 30th, as National Vampire Awareness Day.
Of coure, vampires bring to mind all sorts of devilish pop culture references. Buffy and the Scooby Gang, HBO’s new series True Bood, the vegetarian vamps of Twilight, or Angel and Bunnicula.
For their part Best Buy is breaking out the info on a different kind of vamp — the kind that raises your electric bills and keeps sucking juice long after your electronics are turned off. The Department of Energy estimates that 40% of all electricity used to power electronics is consumed while the products are “off.” This costs almost $4 billion in the U.S. annually.
So — do your part! Plug all of your devices into a power strip and make sure the strip is off when not in use. Use Energy Star devices, shut down that computer, etc. If you want to take it a step further, check out the Smart Power Strip. From CleanTechnica,
“One “master” outlet on the strip controls six other “slave” outlets. When the power usage of the master outlet decreases (by a large enough amount), it automatically turns off the slave outlets. If you plug your “master electronic” like a TV or computer into the master outlet, all your periphery appliances – printers, speakers, Playstation, etc. – are automatically turned off.”
via green daily