‘Tis the season of ghosts, goblins … and phantom power?
Jennifer Amann with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy says phantom power is the electricity used by devices in standby power mode.
“You can think about it as the power that’s required for a product like a television to listen for the remote control,” she says.
She says that although electronics use less standby power than they used to, people have more gadgets than ever. And together the power they use can be up to 10% of a home’s energy use. That means higher bills and more carbon pollution.
But there are many tools that can reduce power waste, such as smart outlets or power strips with a couple of outlets that are always on.
“So say you wanted to make sure that your TV...