A U.S. company says it has developed a power cord that identifies "vampire electronics" gobbling up electricity in most U.S. homes. Vampire electronics is a term for common household electrical appliances such as microwave ovens, coffeemakers and toasters that continue to consume small amounts of electricity even when they're not "on." The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimates these electronic devices consume 5 percent to 10 percent of all electricity used in U.S. households, CNN reported Friday. More>
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