Phantom Loads

You will be surprised. On average, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned ‘off’. How to avoid it? Simply by unplugging the device/appliance or using a power strip and turning the switch off will cut all power off to the appliance. Don’t forget battery charges, those will also draw electricity.

For clocks, try using batteries instead (preferably rechargeable batteries). Usually clocks running on batteries should run for about a year.

3 Responses to “Phantom Loads”

  1. Holy Crap!

    But anyone know why this doesn’t use energy if you plug your appliances into a power strip and turn the strip off? Does the strip do the work of completely blocking off the current?

    This is totally useful information that I don’t think many people know about. I know that I usually leave my phone charger always in the plug since it’s easiest to just plug my phone in and take it out. Now I know I should just unplug the whole thing.

  2. The power strip is more efficient because it works as a ‘hard’ switch. Switching it off by this method, REALLY turns off the power flow.

    The Consumer Energy Center calls it ‘leaking electricity’ which actually occurs with most consumer electronics. They even go on to say that for electrical equipment such as a stereo’s, it can use as much as 93 percent of its energy when switched off!

    If you are looking for a power strip, may I recommend this new strip called ‘The Smart Strip Power Strip’. It is actually able to ’sense’ the flow of electricity through its control outlet. It can automatically turn off selected equipment when it senses it’s not in use.

  3. [...] will even have an “integrated motion sensor” to detect minimal activity in a room to shut down devices left on. If something has been shut off that shouldn’t be, a simple flick of a switch to turn it back [...]

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