Your appliances have a secret. They consume electricity even when they are turned off. It is called “phantom load.” These are 6 appliances that typically have unwanted phantom loads and how we can eliminate it to save electricity.
6 appliances that have phantom loads
How do you know if an appliance has phantom load?
When kept plugged, most appliances still eat up electricity even when they are turned off. Notice that when you turn off your appliance and you keep it plugged, there is still some form of light on the appliance. It may be a small red light indicating that your TV, DVD player, printer and scanner are in “standby mode”. It may be a clock showing in your microwave oven. Even though small, these lights still consume a small amount of electricity, and they all add up.
How can you eliminate phantom loads?
Eliminating phantom loads is fairly easy. When you are not using your appliance, always make sure to unplug them from your electrical outlets. You may also install a disconnect switch, an extension cord with a switch on it, for your convenience so that in one switch, all the plugged loads are instantly disconnected from power.
The best way to prevent phantom loads is to install an automatic voltage regulator or AVR. It is more expensive than the ordinary disconnect switch, but this AVR has the capability of preventing electrical surges from your power outlets that might destroy your appliance.
However, these AVR and disconnect switch will not eliminate these unwanted phantom loads if you are not aware and mindful about switching them off.
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