Get all of your family members involved by going on an electricity scavenger hunt. Many electronic devices still consume power when plugged in even if they are turned off, but reducing this phantom power can save you money on your electricity bill. Natural Resources Canada states that in the average home, 40 per cent of all electricity used to power electronics is consumed while the products are in standby mode.
These are some common devices that use phantom power, so make it a habit to unplug them when not in use:
- Game system
- DVD or Blue-ray player
- Device chargers that are plugged in
- Small appliances with a display or light
Be safe and remember to pull the plug, not the cord. More energy saving tips for your home or business can be found at www.HydroOne.com/Phantoms.