Vampire Power and Phantom Loads

What’s this? Vampire power? Phantom Loads? October is Energy Awareness Month, and on this Halloween-eve it’s a great time to look at how eliminating vampire power, and taking other measures, can aid you in reading your energy consumption.

Even if you aren’t considering solar, reducing your energy usage can save you money! If you are considering solar, then reducing your energy usage can reduce the size of solar power system needed to cover you annual energy usage!

Consider these quick ways to decreasing your energy usage:

  1. Cut out vampire power: Electronics that are plugged in, but not being used, can still result in phantom loads. Even though the appliance isn’t being used, when the appliance is plugged in it can still pull electricity. TIP: Using power strips can make it easy to “unplug” lots of electronic devices at once by just switching the power strip on and off.
  2. Ditch the screen-savers: Computers are often among the biggest energy users in an office, so turning off the monitor and choosing to shut down your computer rather than leaving a screen-saver on can cut out a lot of unnecessary energy usage!
  3. Choosing lights: LED bulbs are the most energy efficient light bulbs, using about 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs. They also last longer!
  4. Turn off lights: Such a simple solutions, but it adds up!
  5. If you run air conditioning and/or heating often, make sure you aren’t losing excessive amounts due to poor insulation, doors, and windows. When possible, opt to put on a sweater instead of cranking up the heat.
  6. Consider upgrading existing appliances, heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), hot water heaters, refrigerators, etc. If these appliances use a large amount of electricity, it may be worth upgrading to an energy efficient model.

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