Beware! You may have a shadowy force lurking in your midst, wasting energy and increasing your electricity bill. Your home may be haunted by phantom power!
Also known as standby power, phantom power is the electricity being used by all the appliances, devices, and equipment around your home that you keep plugged in – and drawing energy – even when you’re not using them. What’s scary is you’re paying for all that extra electricity.
Take a moment to think about your home. How many appliances in your kitchen are always plugged in – your coffee maker, toaster, kettle, food processor? How about TVs, computers, PVRs, gaming consoles and mobile phone chargers, not to mention lamps, alarm clocks and electric toothbrushes? You get the idea.
In fact, according to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), “…75 per cent of the electricity these devices consume is used when they aren’t even on. [This] can add up to 10 per cent of a home’s energy costs.”
But fear not! There are ways to reduce phantom power and save on your electricity bill.
Following even a few of these tips can keep you from being “tricked” into consuming more energy, with the treat of a lower electricity bill at the end of the month.