Climate Crisis Solution #10: Kill Your Phantoms
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...
It's known as phantom electricity or, more aptly, vampire power, because of the soul-sucking waste of energy and cash it uses. The phantom electrical load in the industrialized countries alone accounts for 75 million tons of CO2 emitted and billions of dollars wasted per year.
So? Plug as many of your electronics as possible into a power strip and then turn it off when they are not in use. TVs and VCRs alone waste $1billion in lost electricity in the U.S annually.
Visit www.energystar.gov for more information.