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How to Sidestep a Two-Pronged Vampire. Old transformers waste about 5 percent of the power in the country. There are some solutions on the horizon, however. By Peter Wayner. [New York Times: Science]
The opportunities to save energy are everywhere — Computers, televisions and other devices may be turned off for most of the day, but the black boxes run unless the device is unplugged — and the payoff is so compelling that even the Bush Administration is on the attack against these vampires.