This is Day 11 of the Green in 365 series!
Our living rooms are mostly likely home to many of our electronic devices. Our big-screen TVs, cable boxes, DVD players, stereos and CD players, gaming systems, maybe computers, iPads, or iPods and all of the chargers that go along with them. There’s a lot of electricity coursing through this room, and the reality is that it is ticking up our electric meter, even if none of our electronics are on, or running.
Electronic devices pull what is called a “phantom load”, meaning that even when they are off they are still using electricity. The blinking red light and digital clock are tell-tale signs, but even things like cell phone, iPod, and laptop chargers pull an electric current through them, even if they are not charging anything.
This phantom load is both wasting electricity in your home, and wasting your money. The best way to get rid of the phantom load is to plug your electronics into a power strip (which also keeps them protected in case of a power surge), and then turn off the power strip when you are not using your electronics, or at least overnight while you are sleeping.
There are lots of different affordable options for power strips. You don’t have to get fancy, but you want to make sure yours has an easy on/off switch, and depending on how many devices and chargers you have, you may need to get more than one power strip. Using a power strip and turning it off when not in use can save you up to $100 a year on your electric bill! (source)
Do you have your electronics plugged into a power strip?
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