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Did you know that electronic devices burn excess energy when not in use?
Even when switched "off," appliances and accessories like chargers for mobile phones, digital cameras, power tools, and television monitors continue to draw power as long as they are plugged into an outlet. This "phantom energy" use accounts for up to 10 percent of an individual's electricity use... that could be around $200 dollars per year for a typical home.
Here are a tips to combat the phantom load:
- Unplug to save money! To make it easier you can also plug all devices into a surge protector that can be clicked on and off. Real Simple states, “Sixty to 80 percent of the electricity [TVs and DVDs] use is consumed while they’re idle.” Yikes!
- Get organized! Store all chargers in one location and just retrieve when needed and return when item is fully charged. If they are plugged in, they are sucking up electricity whether charging a device or not.
- Buy energy-efficient appliances. A list of products can be found at EnergyStar.gov.
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WHEN YOUR APPLIANCES AREN'T ON, THEY'RE STILL USING ELECTRICITY.
You may believe that when you turn an appliance off, it is, in fact, off. But most of your household appliances feature a clock, or a digital timer, or a remote control, or a standby mode...