5 Ways to Reduce Phantom Loads in Your Home

If there’s one thing that all of us have in common, it’s that we’re constantly looking for ways to save money. Well, if your past few energy bills have been a bit higher than you would like to pay, have you ever thought about reducing your phantom loads?

If you’re not sure what a “phantom load” is, basically it’s a device that consumes energy, even if it’s turned off. It happens because it’s still plugged into an outlet. This ultimately results in a waste of electricity and an increase in energy costs too.

If you’d like some helpful tips on how you can reduce phantom loads that are in your home, we’ve got a list of five effective ones below:

Unplug what you don’t need. Perhaps the most obvious thing that you can do to reduce the phantom loads throughout the rooms of your house is to unplug what doesn’t need electricity as soon as you are done using it. Two examples of this that immediately come to mind are laptops and phone chargers. Although it’s easy to leave them plugged in without giving them much thought, it’s a surefire way to use more energy than is needed.

Invest in a couple of power bars. Say that you have an entertainment system that has several things that need to be plugged in at once. Well, one thing that can make that possible is a power bar. Aside from the convenience that power bars are able to provide, another added bonus is that they can save you money too. At the end of the night, all you have to do is hit the “off” switch on them and you’ll be able to turn everything off at once.

Get a home power meter. There are some phantom loads that are hard to detect without the assistance of a home power meter. By purchasing one of these, it will quickly identify what are considered to be biggest energy drainers inside of your house. For more information on them, go to your favorite search engine and put “home power meter” in the search field.

Put your computer into “sleep mode”. Although, from an energy conservation perspective, we personally feel that it’s best if you turn your computer completely off, if you’re someone who likes to leave it on overnight, don’t assume that the screen saver will conserve energy. The way to save a few dollars is to put it into “sleep mode” instead.

Look for Energy Star Label appliances. Say that you’ve been looking to replace your HVAC unit and you recently read an article on the benefits of custom duct work. One of the things that it might have mentioned is that if you purchase an HVAC unit that comes with an Energy Star label, you may be able to eliminate phantom loads —at least when it comes to your heating and cooling system. The reason why is because Energy Star label appliances have been tested to insure that they can save you a significant amount on energy costs, which can definitely make phantom loads a thing of the past. For more information on Energy Star items, visit EnergyStar.gov.

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