Wednesday Word Day: Energy Vampire

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Today’s word is: energy vampire /ˈɛnədʒɪ ˈvæmpaɪə/

  • This term is used to describe electrical and electronic appliances that continue to use up electricity and/or remain in standby mode even after they have been switched off and are no longer performing their primary function. Ususally they tend to be appliances that have a) remote controls, b) continuous digital displays and c) rechargeable batteries and/or external power supplies. 

It is useful to mention that up to 10% of an average household’s energy bill is made up of energy vampires and that doesn’t take into account the excess electro-magnetic energy waves absorbed by our bodies unnecessarily. Energy vampires are also referred to as phantom load, vampire appliances, standby power and leaking electricity. 

Bonus Trivia: The term energy vampire is also used in popular psychology to describe a person who is excessively negatives and “sucks” energy out of those surrounding them.
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  • Sonalie Figueiras

    Serial social entrepreneur Sonalie Figueiras is the founder & editor-in-chief of Green Queen, an award-winning impact media platform advocating for social & environmental change in Hong Kong with a mission to shift consumer behaviour through inspiring & empowering original content. She is also the founder & CEO of SourceGreenPackaging,com, the global wholesale eCom marketplace for sustainable packaging products, Ekowarehouse, the global sourcing platform for certified organic products, with a mission to make safe, quality food accessible & affordable for the whole planet. With over a decade of experience in publishing, digital marketing, organic trade and health & sustainability, she is an eco wellness industry veteran with a keen eye for market trends and a sought-after international speaker and moderator, sharing her expertise on stages across Asia and beyond, including TEDx and Harvard Business School.

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