Vampire devices: How much electric your gadgets use while switched off

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If you're trying to cut your energy bills, distinguishing your vampire devices from the ones that can be left switched on without racking up your electricity bill is a good place to start.

The best way to find out if your specific devices are energy vampires is by using an electricity usage monitor but the more affordable ones, like this one by Mecheer on Amazon, don't tend to be able to pick up readings for devices on standby mode. 

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