Be aware of phantom power
(NC) Did you know that every year, phantom power in your home costs approximately the same amount as running a second refrigerator?
Also known as phantom load, or standby power, it is energy consumption that is being drawn by many household gadgets, electronic devices and appliances while they are switched off, but plugged in.
Here are five tips from Hydro One to reduce energy consumption including the amount of phantom power being used in your home:
• The most effective way to eliminate standby power loss is to unplug your devices when they are not in use.
• An easy way to turn your electronic devices all the way off is to plug all electronics into a power bar that can be easily switched off when the electronics are not being used.
• Look for the Energy Star label whenever you buy new electronics or appliances. Energy Star identifies the most energy efficient products, which reduce energy use even in standby mode.
• Unplug battery chargers as soon as the device is fully charged or when the charger is not being used.
• If you have pay-TV services, you will probably want to keep your cable television converter powered up at all times, otherwise you risk rebooting problems.
More information for reducing electricity every hour of the day is available online at www.HydroOne.com/saveenergy.
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