Energy Guide: Phantom Power Paucity?

Written by: Erick Silva

Residents all around the world are guilty of leaving appliances and devices plugged into power outlets and not worrying about the consequences. Phantom power is the electrical energy that is consumed by power sucking vampires known as phantom power. With phantom power accounting for up to 15% of the total electrical usage in homes, it is very possible to lower energy home bills with a simple action: pull the plug.

Certain appliances and devices, such as televisions, printers, routers, modems, and even microwaves, accumulate phantom power that hinders consumer pockets. On average, up to $165 can be the cost for maintaining constant phantom power. What can individuals buy with an extra $165 in their pockets? Honestly, it is up to the individual, which can end up being anyone who decides to unplug certain inactive electrical appliances. Will it be you? Keep the little vampires out of your wallets!

Over the past years there has been an increase in the number of dishwashers, computers, and televisions that are present in homes across the nation. More electronic devices and appliances mean more electricity is required to power all the new devices and correspondingly more money.

As Energy Ambassadors it is our pleasure to visit the homes in our community and save the residents money through our FREE home energy consultations that our program provides. Ultimately, unplugging is one of our many tips to save energy at home, but our FREE service can help people transition to better energy efficiency habits.

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