Eliminating phantom energy can save you money - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Eliminating phantom energy can save you money

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - As Halloween approaches, Entergy is urging all customers to watch out for phantom power users.

Phantom energy is power that is used by certain appliances and electronics, even when they are on standby or turned off.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 20% of a consumer's monthly bill is energy used from home electronics and appliances. But 75% of the electricity used to power those devices is used when the products are turned off.

Some culprits of phantom power include remote controls, built in clocks, televisions, computers, DVD players, washers and dryers, microwave ovens, and phone chargers.

"Phantom power does not consume a lot of power but it does consume some power that adds up," said Stanley Pillory, a customer service manager for Energy.

Entergy urges consumers to take a few simple steps that could reduce their monthly energy bill.

One easy to keep all your devices turned off is by using a power a supply cord that can turn all of your devices off at once with the flip of a switch.

Other steps consumers can take include unplugging all chargers, shopping for all-in-one devices, and purchasing Energy Star-labeled products.

For more information on how to save on your monthly energy bill, click on "Energy saving tips" to the right.

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