Off doesn’t always mean off when it comes to electronic devices. Even when turned off, many electronics - with features like remote controls, digital displays, or LED status lights - continue to draw power in “standby mode.”
A typical American home has 40 products constantly using electricity. Common culprits include televisions, DVD players, coffeemakers, computers and printers. Together, this standby power (or “phantom load”) can account for as much as 10% of your home’s electricity use!
To reduce standby power use in your home:
- Unplug devices that are rarely used, like a TV or DVD player in a guest room.
- Look for “low-standby” products - when shopping for new appliances or electronics.
- Use a power strip as a central “turn off” point for groups of products. To save $10 on a smart power strip, go to ActOnEnergy.com/rebates for a rebate form.