Halloween is in the air, and vampires and phantoms are lurking about, draining energy from your home and money from your wallet.
Vampire power and phantom loads, that is.
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 electronics with remote controls, built-in clocks or timers and instant-on features such as televisions, computers, printers, video game consoles and DVD players.
But anything with a plug can be a phantom power user. So even if your microwave is turned off, if its plug is in the socket vampire power is being sucked away. Even if your cell phone is fully charged, if the charger is plugged in, power is being drained – and so is your wallet.
While it might seem like a trivial amount, it’s spooky how much that 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. What a treat it would be to save 10 percent on your electric bill!
But fear not!! A few simple steps can help you slay energy vampires and slash your electricity bill:
For more information on energy conservation and a variety of money saving tips, visit entergy-mississippi.com/your_home/save_money/
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