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Energy Vampires and Phantom Power Loads

Did you know that your cell phone charger could be costing you money even when you are not using it?  Your appliances are increasing your electric use even when they are turned off.  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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Comment balloon 15 commentsLisa Von Domek • January 10 2016 07:42AM


Hello, Lisa! These are excellent tips for saving energy! Thanks for sharing this and I hope you have a lovely day ahead!

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 4 years ago

I can't even imagine unplugging everything and plugging it in again when I'm ready to use it.....I'm sure it would save money, but it's not going to happen here Mrs. Von D.....

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 4 years ago

Hi Lisa.  Very informative blog but I am like Roger.  I won't be unplugging anything.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 4 years ago

Hi Lisla, not me,,,,I swithced to solar last summer and haven't received an electric bill as of this date.

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) over 4 years ago

I have seen more and more people unplugging.  I listed a vacant home where the seller unplugged everything - even the oven.  I had to crawl behind it and plug it back in for showings.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 4 years ago

That was a part of our newsletter today...appliances chew up 20% of our energy to have them be cost efficient !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 4 years ago

Just having the cell phone charger plugged in is using energy? I had no idea. yikes

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 4 years ago

Lisa Von Domek Very true. Several plugged off appliances use electricity at home.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 4 years ago


Keep the energy vampires at bay in your home.

Good luck and success.

lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago

Really interesting Lisa, I have heard a little bit about this. We defiantly need to save energy.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 4 years ago

Lisa good info I bet a lot of people are not aware of this.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 4 years ago

Hi Lisa.  I'm hoping these vampires will soon be under control in my home.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 4 years ago

Hello Lisa, I have heard this before but never knew if it was 100% truth,  Now I am going to try this for 30 days


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 4 years ago

I certainly have a few chargers that don't need to be plugged in all the time, but the TV is not getting shut down every day. 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 4 years ago

Hi Lisa -- I can be a notorious cheapskate errr mindful about saving money(LOL) and there are some things I unplug but others take up too much time for me to remember.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 4 years ago

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