How to Exorcize the Vampire and Monsters in your Life

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knoxville real estateIn the darkness of the night, they surround you, mocking you, stealing from you in your sleep.  If you listen carefully you may be able to hear their monstrous grumbling or see the bright gleaming light piercing through the are surrounded by monsters- some say they are vampires, some refer to them as Phantoms, to your energy bill they are pure EVIL.


To the naked eye they appear harmless, but looks are deceiving.  The true terror is in their almost criminal stealing of energy.  Did you know that even when an appliance is turned off that is still sucking out and wasting energy?  Take a look around do you see the glowing "eyes" of your TV, DVD player, cable box, i-Pod charger, coffee maker, etc...starring back at you?  They are turned off but still sucking energy and their glowing eyes are mocking you and reaping havoc on your energy bills.

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An electronic device that has a phantom load uses energy even when turned off, these include appliances that are remote powered (these are the biggest drainer of energy), have external power supplies, continuous LCD displays, and electronics that are turned on by a switch or a push button.

If you are like the average American, you have about 20 energy vampires that are costing you up to $200 extra dollars a year when turned off, not to mention the negative environmental impacts.knoxville tn real estate

So how do you exorcise these evil monstrosities?  EASY- simply unplug all appliances that are not needed 24 hours a day (cell phone chargers, TV, coffee makers, toasters, non-built in microwaves, printers, etc...).  If you don't want to hassle with unplugging 20 different cords every day simply enlist the help of power strips or outlets that are controlled by light switches.


If you are not sure if a socket carries a phantom load, just remember the saying "if in doubt pull it out".


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Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor

Good advice!  How many of us leave our compters & monitors on all night.  Thats a lot of coal burning

Mar 25, 2009 11:06 PM #1
Vanessa V. Simmons
Real Living HER - Columbus, OH

Love the post very creative and very useful information. 

Mar 25, 2009 11:07 PM #2
Christine McInerney
The McInerney Team with Realty Executives Associates - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

Thanks Jim and Vanessa, this post was actually inspired from my the lesson plan I am creating for the Daisy Girl Scout Troop that I lead- the month of April will be 100% devoted to conservation as April is Earth Day.

Mar 25, 2009 11:16 PM #3
Zane Coffin
Century-21 Homestar - Geneva, OH
(Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent)

Great post..and funny also ... there are so many little things we can do that they would make a big impact if we all just did them....thanks for the great post...peace zane

Mar 26, 2009 04:31 AM #4
Lisa Udy
Platinum Real Estate Group - Logan, UT
Logan Utah Realtor

Hi Christine!

and Jennifer!

I liked your monsters and vampires lol! Gave me a good chuckle, but this is definately a serious matter. I would have to admit, I am lacking on the applaiance's in my home. Thanks for giving me a reminder to unplug, so my vampires stop sucking my money out of my pocket! ;)



Mar 26, 2009 05:36 PM #5
Deb Hurt
Realty Pro Albuquerque - Albuquerque, NM
ABR, e-Pro,Green, TRC

Great post. I am going to reblog it.

Apr 04, 2009 06:39 PM #6
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