CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Many of us use power strips to pug in all our electronic devices. 22News explains how there is a special power strip that can save electricity.
The electronic devices that we keep plugged in are drawing electricity even when they’re not on, that’s known as phantom energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy says the average home wastes 10 percent of its annual energy consumption to phantom energy. Using an advanced power strip, also called an energy saving surge protector can save you up to $30 annually.
Spokesperson WMECO Priscilla Ress told 22News, “I think a lot of times we don’t realize we’re still drawing power with these devices, power we’re really not using for anything. So once your phone is charged that charger is still pulling power and that’s going to cost you money. You don’t want to waste money you don’t want to pay for something you’re not using.”
The advanced power strip allows you to have power to some devices automatically controlled based on whether the device is on or off. Devices like a cable box or a DVR that are plugged into the “always on” sockets will not be turned off.