Schedule Recipe: Reduce Vampire Power

Each year Americans spend $130 billion on wasted energy. It is easy to imagine that a large percentage of this comes from Vampire Power: electric power that is consumed by electronic and electrical appliances while they are switched off. This energy loss costs an average of $165 – $440 per family per year.
Vampire Energy Stats by Appliance per Year
• Televisions – $160 each
• Video Game Consoles – $75
• Desktop Computers – $40
• Laptops – $19
• Kitchen Appliances – $15
• Cable and TV Boxes – $11
By simply connecting these devices to a Swidget Outlet and any of our Wi-Fi Inserts you can eliminate a lot of this wasted power through the use of schedules. It may not seem like much but by setting a schedule for your entertainment system to be OFF for 12 hours per day- perhaps during work and sleeping hours- and eliminating the corresponding vampire power, you can save $80 per year. At today’s electricity prices, this more than justifies the cost of your Swidget Outlet and Wi-Fi Control Insert. Imagine how much it will save as prices for electricity continue to rise.
Since Vampire Power accounts for 5-10% of household total electricity use there is
a lot more room to reduce your power consumption.
Using Swidget Outlets and Switches with our smart control Inserts you can modify your usage habits, save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Follow the Swidget Smart Recipe below to reduce vampire power and save money while helping the environment.


This recipe allows you to schedule an Outlet to reduce vampire power by turning OFF and back ON during times when the attached appliances are not being used. This particular schedule turns off the Controlled Outlet and the appliances plugged into it at 9:00am and turns it back ON at 5:00pm. The schedule is only enabled during the work week from Monday-Friday. You can adjust the times and specific days to whatever you want.


Please note that due to varying electrical code regulations, Swidget cannot give device wiring/installation advice. Please refer to the instructions that came with your product or consult a certified electrician if you need help.


Device: Choose one
15A Outlet 20A Outlet Switch Dimmer Auxiliary Control Switch 20/40/60 Switch
Insert: Choose one
Control USB Guide Light Power Out Light Motion Temp/Humi Temp/Humi/ Motion Air Quality
Wi-Fi Z-Wave Zigbee

Skill Level


Time Required

5 minutes


1. First make sure that you have downloaded the Swidget App from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store, and that you have installed one of the Swidget Outlets and paired one of the applicable Inserts from the table above.

2. From the main menu, select the Automations Icon

3. Click Create Automation or the + sign.

4. On the Automations page, click Schedule and give your Schedule a name.

5. Click the + sign beside Select Start Action, choose the Controlled Outlet ( ControlledOutletIcon ) you want to control, and select Turn OFF for the Action. 

6. Click the + sign beside Time and enter 9:00am. Click Continue.

7. Click the + sign beside Add End Action, choose Turn ON, and enter 5:00pm for the Time.

8. Click Save Schedule to have the Schedule work all the time, or Add Start/End Times and/or specific days that you want it to operate. This schedule works best during the 9-5, M-F work week. Adjust the times to your schedule.

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