Schwimmer Wins City Light Energy Vampire Video Contest

Eli Schwimmer’s Van Helsing-themed video “Vampire Energy Slayer” is the winner of Seattle City Light’s Slay an Energy Vampire video contest, the utility announced today.

Eli Schwimmer’s Van Helsing-themed video “Vampire Energy Slayer” is the winner of Seattle City Light’s Slay an Energy Vampire video contest, the utility announced today.

“Seattle City Light wants to help its customers use less electricity and save money on their energy bills,” Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. “I was impressed by the creativity all the entrants used to share the conservation message with others.”

In the 90-second video, the fictional vampire slayer tries garlic, holy water, sunlight, and a silver cross against an energy vampire to no avail. But the day, and energy, is saved when the lady of the house arrives and knows just what to do: turn off the switch on the power strip where the entertainment system and other energy vampires are plugged in.

“I enjoyed the creativity and spirit of this video. Plus, it was very educational,” contest judge Megan Erb from the Seattle Channel said. “I’d recommend this flick to all my friends!”

“Thanks for choosing our video,” Schwimmer said. “It was a lot of fun to make and we are glad other people enjoyed it.

All the contest videos can be seen at http://energyvampires.strutta.com.

City Light launched the video contest to encourage people to learn about energy vampires – electronic devices that continue to suck electricity from an outlet even when they are turned off or not in use – and what they can do to eliminate that wasted energy. There are dozens of energy vampires in a typical home, including cell phone chargers, electric razors and just about anything with a remote control. Cutting them off saves energy and lowers your energy bill.

One of the contestants said she had never heard of energy vampires before entering. Now, she’ll be checking her home with an energy meter.

For more energy saving tips, visit http://seattle.gov/light/conserve/ .

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States.  It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents.  City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.