Phantom power is a phenomenon that you may or may not have heard about. It is the term used to describe the power that is drawn from the main power supply in your home and used for nothing. Things like appliances that are plugged in and not in use, cell phone chargers that are plugged in and not being used and other electronic devices that we leave plugged in and ready for when we want to use them. An electrician in Los Angeles explains this as phantom power that is adding dollars to your electric bill. H Electric has been helping customers in the area for years and can offer you some words of wisdom.
Reducing the amount of phantom electricity wasted in your house is one of the simplest ways to start chipping away at that electric bill. By unplugging those unused chargers you will be making a big first step. We never realize how many we have until we start unplugging. Laptop chargers, tablet chargers, and phone chargers may not draw a lot, but it adds up, especially if there are several throughout the house.
It may not always be convenient to unplug your computer, printer and other components one by one. However, using a power strip makes it easy to switch off the entire group of electronics. This is also a great practice for your entertainment systems. Using energy efficient appliances will help reduce the amount of phantom power you are using. Another option is to have a timer installed by an electrician. Los Angeles residents can have timers installed on outside lights to help reduce the amount of time lights are on when not needed. If you would like to learn about more ways to reduce the amount of electricity you are using, call H Electric today and schedule an energy inspection.