Energy saving tips: Energy vampires and phantom power loads

Energy saving tips: Energy vampires and phantom power loads

Energy saving tips: Energy vampires and phantom power loads

Did you know your cell phone charger could be costing you money even when you’re not using it? Patty Kim, from National Geographic’s The Green Guide, shows you how to save money and save energy by pulling the plug on phantom loads and energy vampires.

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  2. I bought a watt meter and put this to the test. Don't worry about unplugging things around your house. These devices draw very little if any power when not in use.

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  5. Technological solutions are out there!

    With out a power source –
    – my XM reciever, PC and cellphone retain sets
    – my cable TV and internet set are saved at 'uplink' end
    – 6 AV devices, 3 clocks (not the one with battery backup, if charged) need resetting
    – Auto stereo losses presets.

    Depending on the situation, a battery, solar strip, solid state memory or remote memory would be the solution.

  6. Kill the power and you will lose all your settings. TVs and such, should incorporate solid state memmory (like a memmory stick) or a battery for active memmory.
    Unplugging is too inconvient, and most people just won't do it.

  7. First of all… 'voltage vampire' doesn't make any sense as the grid voltage should b constant, 'current vampire' on the other hand, WOULD make sense.
    Second… newer TVs and monitors consume under 1W of power in standby as opposed to active mode which is negligible.
    Third… don't "swing" the plugs as you unplug them, pull them out straight.
    Fourth… European clocks last 2-3 years on a single AA battery.
    And finally… how the hell would short circuiting the electronics save you any money!?

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