Phantom electricity can suck the energy out of your home like an energy vampire. What is phantom electricity? It’s the energy that’s used when appliances are plugged in and not being used. Do you leave your cell phone charger plugged in and not charging the phone? Chances are you’re a victim of phantom electricity.
Here are some ways to combat the energy vampire:
-Unplug your cell phone charger, toaster, and blender when not in use. Small appliances can still cause a big drain.
-If you live with someone that leaves things plugged in when they’re not using them (*cough* Mr. Money), make sure you do a sweep of your house before you turn in at night.
-Completely shut down your computer at night and unplug it. Not only does this help keep your electric bill low, but you also lower your threat to hackers and viruses.
-Install power strips in areas such as the living room, and connect your tv, receiver, Wii, gaming systems, and other devices to it. When you go to bed, you can flip the switch to turn everything off and even unplug if you wish.
-Install Energy Star appliances when your old appliances bite the dust. Don’t go out and just buy new ones to replace your current ones- that’s not green or frugal!
Lowering your electric bill and carbon footprint feels great. Don’t let phantom electricity take a bite out of your budget. Combat it before it begins!
What steps do you take to lower your electric bill and fight phantom electricity?