How to eliminate phantom loads and save money

Did you know that your appliances might be drawing a current even when you’re not using them?

This type of energy consumption is commonly known as a ‘phantom’ or ‘vampire’ load. The good news is that there are easy fixes to reduce them.

Unplug appliances you don’t use often

Modern living room room with TVDevices such as your stereo system, video game console, and device charger consume energy even when a device is not attached.


Use power strips

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By unplugging appliances and turning off power strips before leaving the house, you can cut off the electrical supply to your entertainment system or the clock on your microwave.


Use an advanced power bar

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Advanced power bars can help save electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some power bars can be put on timers to cut the power at a set time. Other ‘smart’ power bars have a master plug socket and slave plug sockets. Plug the TV into the master socket and plug other devices connected to it, such as DVD players and video game systems, into the slave sockets. When you turn off the TV, the smart power bar will also cut power to the devices plugged into the slave sockets, automatically saving energy and reducing your electricity costs.


Ask an expert

Electrician working in living roomA green lighting and electrical specialist can help you identify the electronics and appliances that are using a lot of power, whether you’re using them or not. More about energy efficient lighting strategies.

Don’t let those energy vampires scare you! Simple steps such as these could mean significant kilowatt hour and dollar savings.

 

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© The Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company of Canada. All rights reserved. This article is for informational purposes only. All recommendations are general guidelines and are not intended to be exhaustive or complete, nor are they designed to replace information or instructions from the manufacturer of your equipment. Contact your equipment service representative or manufacturer with specific questions. Under no circumstances shall BI&I or any party involved in creating or delivering this article be liable for any loss or damage that results from the use of the information or images contained in or linked to in this article.

 

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