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Using science, not garlic, to fight energy vampires

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Scientists collaborating on the project will apply their expertise and research to tunnel field effect transistors and semiconducting nanowires to improve the efficient use of energy in electronics.

To explain the challenge, consider a leaky water faucet — even after closing the valve as far as possible water continues to drip — this is similar to today’s transistor, in that energy is constantly "leaking" or being lost or wasted in the off-state.

In Steeper, scientists not only hope to contain the leak by using a new…

Catch and Stop-Energy Vampires

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Conserve energy and save money by unplugging unused appliances around your home.Email This Tip Unplugging unused appliances or electronic devices in the off mode is an easy way to cut down on your home's energy consumption and reduce your energy bill. These devices are called "energy" or "power vampires" because they consume energy from electrical outlets even when they are not being used or are in the off mode. Although these devices appear to be off, they continue to draw electricity from outlets to keep their circuits instantly ready for the next time they are turned on. In general, any device that has a power adapter or "power brick," or feels warm after it was been switched off for a while, is an energy vampire, including TVs, DVD players and VCRs, cable modems and rechargeable battery chargers for phones, laptops, music players and digital cameras. Individual appliances and devices only consume a few watts when not in use, but throughout a day a…