Save those Kilowatts

Electricity powers most of our lives today; at home, work or maybe even in transit (if you’re driving around in an electric vehicle). It is a significant cause of emissions, contributing greatly to Global Warming.

While our economies make the gradual transition to cleaner, renewable sources of power generation, we can play an important part by using electricity more intelligently. Did you know chargers and other devices that remain plugged in the wall socket still consume significant electricity, even when not used?

This phenomenon, called Phantom load or vampire power accounts for about 5% of our total electricity consumption. A simple way to avoid this is to pick up a power strip with an on-off button. They are available at all hardware stores, computer stores or even online. Getting one of these is inexpensive and will significantly decrease your electricity use. It’s an easy first step; why not give it a go?

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