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This winter has been rather brutal. Snow, wind, ice, long hours in front of the TV because it’s just too darn cold to go anywhere. All of these can wreak havoc on your electric bill. But do you know what’s an even scarier energy sucker? Phantom power.
What is phantom power, you ask? Before I explain, go around your house and count the number of appliances that are plugged in at all times. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
If your family is anything like mine, I’m guessing the number of electric outlets with permanent guests is around 30. In my kitchen alone, we have the stove, fridge, coffee pot, toaster and microwave constantly sucking energy like the little vampires they are.
This is where the Kill a Watt comes in. This handy little gadget can tell you how much energy an appliance is using by simply staying plugged in 24/7. Experts believe that a whopping 5-10 percent of a average households energy consumption is from phantom power alone.
Unfortunately there isn’t much we can do about appliances like the stove and fridge, but thankfully there is something we can do about the other 30ish things that you constantly leave plugged in.
Option1: Simply unplug them! That’s right. Pull on the cord until the little prongs come out of the wall. You can do it.
Option 2: If that’s too much of a hassle though, another option is a power strip. This only works though if you actually turn the power strip off once in a while. Otherwise, you have 5 things sucking energy instead of the standard two.
Option 3: An even easier way to combat this problem is to buy a smart power strip. These power strips cut the source of energy to any appliance that goes into standby mode. They even have remote controlled power strips, so instead of just turning your TV off after the Late Show (or the Late Late Show, depending on your level of insomnia), you can simply use the remote to turn off the whole power strip. Pretty ingenious if you ask me!
Start by assessing your phantom energy usage to determine which are the biggest culprits and work to decrease your phantom power consumption with the options above and the tips below!
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