Vampire Power, be afraid, be very afraid!
Vampire power is a real factor in your electric bill. Most households do not unplug anything for the sake of convenience. People want to be able to use whatever appliance they want without having to plug it in. Here are some rules to guide your choices of what to unplug and what to leave. Not only is unplugging better for the environment, it will significantly decrease the amount of power coming into your house, and therefore decreasing the energy you pay for.
Step 1: Anything you do not use every day, should be unplugged, period.
Step 2: Daily use items should be plugged into a power strip for you to turn on and off when needed. Think about this by room:
Kitchen: Large appliances cannot be unplugged and then plugged in for use. When you have to replace appliances, purchase items that are energy star certified since these will use the least amount of energy without sacrificing performance. Consider grouping small appliances such as coffee makers, toasters, counter top microwaves, blenders, etc. these can be put on a power strip to only be turned on when needed.
Living room: Use one power strip for your TV, cable box, DVD player, gaming consoles. These are huge culprits that drain unneeded power. It might take a minute for the cable box to turn on but worth the $150+ dollars that alone will cost you in lost energy. If you need these devices to have power due to DVR or such, put on a power strip with a timer, to just turn off over night or while your at work when your shows are not on.
Office: Set up a power strip under your desk. Put your desktop, laptop charger and printer on a power strip and turn off when not in use. Keeping a desktop plugged in is a huge drain of power.
Bedroom: TV, cable box, etc. in bedroom along with phone chargers can go on a power strips. Any electronics in guest rooms should be unplugged unless you have a current guest. Charging your phone overnight is a huge waste of power. Once your phone is charged, the charger should be unplugged. You can turn this into a habit in no time.
Bathrooms: Hair dryers, straighteners, electric toothbrushes and razors should all be unplugged when not in use.
See how lonely your outlets can get!