The increase in technology has meant an increase in energy usage. From cell phone chargers to coffee pots, there are lots of “phantom” power users in our homes.
According to the Department for Energy, these devices include VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers and small kitchen appliances. In the average home, the DOE estimates that 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Unplugging these devices or using a power strip that can be turned off will provide you savings.