In 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 darkness...you 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.
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.
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".
Interested in learning more "Green Tips" and "Green Inforamtion"? Check out our other Eco-minded Blogs:
How to Exorcize the Vampire and Monsters in your Life- the "dangers" of phantom energy sources
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