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Ben Armstrong

Don’t Let Vampire Energy Suck You Dry!

PHILADELPHIA (October 31, 2016) – With scary and spooky creatures roaming the streets across the Philadelphia region this Halloween, PECO provides tips to help customers ensure energy "vampires" don't suck you dry when it comes to your energy use.

Vampire energy, also known as standby energy, is the energy drawn from outlets when equipment is off but still plugged in. Many types of electronics and office equipment, including mobile phone chargers, computers, printers, game consoles, and more, continue to draw electricity while they are plugged in and turned off.  Phantom energy can account for 15 percent or more of the total electricity used by these devices.

The following tips can help you save energy and money.

  • Use a power strip with an on/off switch to completely power down electronics around your home.
  • Unplug your mobile phone charger, portable music player or other electronics once they are fully charged.
  • Turn off all the lights when you leave a room.
  • When preparing for out-of-town travel, always unplug all non-essential devices like televisions and other electronics.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on home appliances, electronics and other products. ENERGY STAR® products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Discover where energy vampires may be haunting your home by taking the PECO Smart Home E-Audit. This free, online tool analyzes a customer's energy use and provides customized ways to save energy and money. To create your own personal profile with the PECO Smart Home E-Audit, sign into your account at

Save even more energy and money by scheduling an in-home energy assessment. We'll send an energy advisor to your home, provide a personal energy assessment, and offer energy efficient upgrades on the spot. Learn more at or call 1-888-5PECO-SAVE.


Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company's 2,400 dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6 million electric and more than 511,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2015 PECO delivered 86.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 38 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.5 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,600 local jobs and producing $760 million in labor income. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.


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