Among the worst vampires are big-screen televisions, mainly because of satellite and cable boxes, which can draw up to 30 watts when turned off, experts say.Two points:
Indeed, the words "off" and "on" no longer seem to apply; a better word might be "idling."
"They won't even say 'off' now; they'll say 'power,' " noted Alan K. Meier, a senior energy analyst at the International Energy Agency, a consortium based in Paris. "My washing machine draws five watts even when there's no sign of intelligent life."
- Intelligent life? Is that what one expects from a washing machine, or indeed anywhere else on this planet? Beam me up!
- If the machine is indeed intelligent, isn't cutting off the power equivalent to murder? Isn't the machine just like Terry Schiavo?