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Stop phantom energy loss and reduce your energy bill

Many of your appliances and electronics have a standby mode that draws electricity 24 hours a day, even after you turn them off. This phantom energy loss can account for five to 10 percent of your energy bill each month.

What can you do to reduce this wasted energy?

  • Unplug what you're not using. It's easy to unplug toasters, coffee makers, and cell phone chargers when they're not in use. By doing so, you'll stop phantom energy loss in its tracks.
  • Use a smart of switchable power strip for devices that aren't easily unplugged, such as computers and home entertainment centers. These smart power strips detect when you are not using your TV or computer and automatically cuts off power. They have several "always on" slots for those devices that need to stay powered on, such as a DVR or fax machine.
  • When you're shopping for a new appliance or electronic device, try to choose the model that uses the least amount of electricity. ENERGY STAR® models are often a great buy because they use 50 percent less standby power.

Our Powering your plug-ins brochure tells you how much it costs each month to run many common household devices. You can also see how much it costs to run common household appliances with our appliance calculator.

Learn more about phantom energy loss by watching this plug load segment from PowerHouse TV.