Zombie electronics are the household appliances and devices that mindlessly eat away at your energy bill even when turned off -- like cell phone chargers, microwave ovens, DVD players, and televisions. It’s estimated that 10 to 50 zombie electronics are found in the average North American home.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 40% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed when they’re in standby mode.
Billions of dollars are wasted annually in zombie electronic consumption. For the average household, that can cost a homeowner a minimum of $130 a year, or more than a month’s electricity bill.