SMECO newsletter

volume 65 - issue 2 - february 2015

Are energy vampires draining your wallet?

Phantom load

Many household appliances draw energy even when the power is switched off. This is known as standby power, phantom load, or vampire power. Any appliance with an external power supply or plug-in wall transformer uses electricity constantly and the easiest way to control vampire power usage is to unplug appliances when they are not in use.

The combined usage of electronics, appliances, and lighting makes up approximately 34 percent of electric bills. Just reducing the electricity being wasted with phantom loads can be an easy way to save money in your home. So, take a look around your home. How many of these culprits are sneaking money from your wallet?