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Day 12: Twelve Plugs For Plugging

Published On: December 24, 2013

Thanks for counting our “12 Days of Holiday Savings” with us! You’d be surprised how the little changes toward energy efficiency can really add up over the year. We’d love to hear your success stories in making your home more comfortable and energy efficient. Here is “Day 12: Twelve Plugs for Plugging.”

‘Tis the Season for plugs and more plugs. With holidays guests, decorations, and a lack of extension cords, power strips can help organize and manage your plugs.

How can power strips save energy? There are a number of options, including smart power strips that help assist in saving power. However, regular power strips can prevent Phantom power.

Phantom power is the amount of energy a device uses while off yet still plugged in. Phantom loads are big energy hogs, representing as much as 15 percent of the electricity consumed in US homes, and that number will rise as devices become more complicated, such as the cable box with recording/playback options for example.

Plugging your devices into power strips can eliminate phantom power once the strip is turned off. Smart power strips can have customizable automated features that will turn off the power going to a device.

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