I know, I know--vampires in pop culture are such a cliche, but "vampire" is an actual term for appliances that continue energy-sucking after they've been turned off. Yes, that is meant to be SMG from BtVS, which is totally awesome, and I am purposefully not spelling out the acronyms because I'm kind of self-conscious about being a total fangirl. (I originally wanted to have her saying something like, "But Angel is different, not all vampires are vile blood-sucking creatures of evil!" ...the current picture is somewhat more suitable.)
In my apartment in Japan, I had two electrical outlets, one in the kitchen and the other in my bedroom. The only thing I left plugged in 24/7 was the fridge (okay, and my computer for the most part--guilty as charged), and my electric bill was $30 or so at the most. In the months when I used no heat, it was barely $10. I know, I was one person living by myself, but still... I unplugged my microwave/oven, blender, rice cooker, desk lamp, everything. I highly recommend you do the same.
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