Combating Phantom Power
10/30/2018 1:34:21 PM
Phantom Power

Phantom power, also known as standby power, vampire power, or phantom load, is the energy used by certain plugged-in appliances and electronic devices, even when they are in standby mode or turned off. The most common culprits include household favorites such as electronics with remote controls, built-in clocks or timers, and instant-on features such as televisions, computers, printers, video game consoles, and DVD players.

While it might seem like a trivial amount, wasted energy can add up over time and show up on your monthly utility bills. According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as much as 10 percent of residential electricity use goes toward powering appliances in standby power mode.

"We want to help our customers control their energy usage by providing tips to keep household phantoms from catching them off guard,” said Melonie Stewart, vice president of distribution operations for Entergy in Louisiana. "There are several ways to control phantom power, some of which may seem like a small savings at first, but when added up over time can be significant.”

A few simple steps can help you ward off the energy-wasting horde and save on your energy bill:
  • Purchase an advanced power strip and plug appliances into it.
  • Unplug small transformers (battery chargers and power adapters) when products are fully charged or not in use.
  • Check the label. If purchasing an Energy Star-labeled product, choose the model that uses the least amount of standby power. If the amount isn’t listed on the label, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star website to find information about specific products.
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