11 Feb '12, 8am

Steven Chu Takes on 'Vampire Slayer' Role in Cutting Energy Use

Steven Chu Takes on 'Vampire Slayer' Role in Cutting Energy Use

Thanks to new energy efficiency standards proposed last week, DOE Secretary Steven Chu has a new credential on top of his Nobel Prize: he's a vampire slayer -- one that specializes in eliminating "vampire" energy waste while saving consumers billions of dollars. Look around your kitchen. Chances are there's more than one device telling you what time it is -- your oven, microwave, perhaps a radio or a wall clock. What about the other rooms in your house? Every blinking light, display, or warm device in your home is using energy, even when you're not there. In fact, a 2008 study found that new, unoccupied homes in California used 117 watts before anyone had even moved in. Much of this energy use goes to what's commonly called "standby" or "vampire" energy use. Products waiting to provide their main service suck up power to keep their electronic controls at-the-ready and for ...

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