Halloween is here! That means it’s time to look out for ghosts, monsters and other things that go bump in the night. It’s also the time of year when the days get shorter and the temperatures drop. That means that many consumers need some energy efficiency practice.

Fortunately, you don’t need a garlic necklace to fend off energy vampires. Instead, introduce some commonsense practices into your household routines and watch some of the money that you’ve been spending on utilities end up back in your pocket.

Chargers and devices

Many households rely on a variety of electronic devices like chargers and appliances. Many times these items are left plugged in for much of the day, if not all day. This practice turns these items into energy vampires as they continue to draw power from the outlets. Unplug devices that are fully charged or that are not in use. Another option is to make use of power strips that have an on-off switch. By using a power strip, it’s easy to switch off the power flow to multiple devices.

Air leaks

Air leaks around doors, windows and even electrical outlets can make it more difficult to heat your home efficiently. In addition, these air leaks can sometimes contribute to the deterioration of your walls due to moisture seeping in. If you think you might have this problem, bring in a technician from a private company or a public utility to perform an energy audit on your home to identify leaks that can be repaired.


Lightbulbs are a mixed bag. They can cost you money if you don’t make a habit of turning off the lights when you leave a room. On the other hand, you can save lots of money over time by investing in energy efficient light bulbs. Not only do they last longer, they also use less energy.

Overheating the whole house

Central heating is great, but there is no reason to heat every room in your home to the same temperature. One trick is to keep your thermostat relatively low and then place a space heater in the room or rooms that you use the most. Turn the space heater on when folks are present, turn it off – along with the lights – when you leave the room.

Drippy faucets

Drippy faucets aren’t just annoying, they can also be a significant energy vampire if the drip is coming from the hot water tank. Address drippy faucets right away to save money and the enamel in your tub or sink.

By implementing these safeguards against energy loss, you’ll help ensure a warm and safe winter season for you and your family. You’ll also be able to enjoy the money that you’ve saved by taking steps to rid your home of energy vampires!

For other energy vampires, check out this list.