Looking to save energy in your home? Of course you are! While you may think you need to go without your air conditioner in the summer or avoid turning on lights to really see a difference in your electric bill, that’s not the case.
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What is Phantom Energy?
Phantom energy, also known as vampire power, describes how electronics consume power even when they’re not actively being used. So that toaster that’s sitting on your kitchen counter? That’s using power even when it’s not heating up food. The blender sitting on your counter? That’s also using power — are you noticing a trend?
In 2015, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that between 10% and 23% of a household’s energy is wasted in phantom energy use.
The biggest culprits of phantom energy:
- Programmable coffee makers
- Laptop and phone chargers
- Toasters and pizza ovens
- Food processors
- Air fryers
But what about appliances you can’t unplug, like your microwave, oven, and refrigerator? While you may not be able to unplug them, upgrading them to more energy efficient models can help significantly reduce the amount of energy they use even when they’re on.