Take A Stand On 'Stand-By'
We had so much fun perusing Yahoo! Lifestyle yesterday for energy saving tips, that we thought we’d bring you another.
This time Yahoo! is taking on phantom loads in the form of standby power losses. And it’s true, phantom loads may be adding to your electricity bill without you even being aware of them.
This invisible power consumption is the result of “standby power” — the term used to describe the electricity that keeps the clocks, timers, remote controls and other features on our home electronics working and ready to go on the instant we press a button. But this means our televisions, CD players, computers, microwaves, cordless phones use energy even when we’ve turned them off. Individually these products don’t consume a lot of electricity in standby mode, but put them together and these phantom loads start to add up.