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Energy vampires, phantom loads … oh my!

By Staff | Oct 9, 2019

As you prepare your home for all the spooky fun that Halloween brings, be on the lookout for energy vampires lurking in your home.

Cleverley referred to as energy vampires or phantom loads, the terms describe appliances and electronics that are left plugged-in when they are not in use. These items drain electricity all day, ever day.

More frightening is the fact that the majority of homes in America have at least 20 energy vampires sucking up electricity 24/7/365. On average, energy vampires cost U.S. households upwards of $100 extra on their electric bills in a year.

Tackling these little monsters is super easy and does not require any help from the Ghostbusters or wooden stakes. Rid your home of energy vampires by simply unplugging things, such as phone chargers, coffeemakers, gaming systems and toasters, when they are not being used.

While it is important to unplug unused appliances and electronics while you are away for extended periods of time like vacation, it is equally important to do it on a daily basis before you leave for work or school.

For more tips on conserving electricity, visit www.lcec.net.