There are scary things that go bump in the night and then there are scary things that make a bump in your electrical use.
Phantom (or vampire) load is the energy that things like your DVD player and microwave use, even when turned off or in standby mode. It lurks in the walls of your home and drains the energy out of your electronics and appliances, not to mention your pocketbook.
Some of the items putting a bite in your energy bill include:
- Televisions/DVD players/video game consoles
- Cell phones/chargers
- Coffee machines/kitchen appliances
This Halloween, we hope the only thing that scares you is the amount of candy you consume as you await trick-or-treaters. Here are some easy ways you can ward off phantom load:
- Unplug appliances and electronics when turned off. Use a power strip to simplify.
- Turn off your computer monitor and printer. Screensavers do not reduce energy use.
- Consider Energy Star® certified appliances. They use 10 to 50 percent less energy than traditional appliances and may qualify for one of our money-saving rebates.
Think phantom load is a bunch of hocus pocus? Think again. Check out what it can cost you each year.
We don’t want your electric bill to cause you to scream. Scare off phantom load before it scares you. Follow us on social media to get more energy-saving tips.