You probably didn’t even know you had a phantom load, but you do, and ignoring it can cost you money. A phantom load is the energy equivalent of a leaky faucet. Household electronics and small appliances you think are turned off may actually still be using small amounts of electricity. And if you’ve got a house full of these draining phantoms, it can add up quickly.
Today we have more small-sized and medium-sized appliances than ever before, and many of these are never really completely off. They use some amount of electricity all the time. For example, if the television has a remote, then part of the TV is always on and waiting for a signal from the remote. If there is a clock on the microwave, then the microwave is always using some electricity. Experts call this usage “standby consumption,” “phantom load” or “leaking electricity.” Whatever you call it, once you realize how much it is costing you, you’ll want to stop the energy leaks throughout your home.
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Advanced Power StripsWhen you reduce your phantom load, you save money every day because you’ve reduced the minimum level of energy (base load) your home uses every day. But what if you regularly forget to turn off your power strips? Then you’re not getting rid of your phantom load, right? Consider purchasing an Advanced Power Strip. These “smart” power strips cost more than the regular ones, but they shut-off automatically. Need help picking a power strip that's just right for you? Download this infographic from the U.S. Department of Energy (PDF).
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