Simple steps such as using power strips or unplugging chargers can make a
BATON ROUGE, La. – With Halloween fast approaching, Entergy Louisiana, LLC
and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. are encouraging customers to be on the
lookout for phantoms – phantom power, that is.
Phantom power, also known as standby or vampire power, is the energy used by
certain appliances and electronic devices, even when they are turned off. A
variety of products and appliances, such as televisions, microwaves and cell
phone chargers, use phantom power. While it may seem trivial, the amount of
wasted energy can add up over time and show up on monthly utility bills.
According to the
U.S. Department of Energy, appliances and home electronics can account for
as much as 20 percent of a typical monthly bill. And approximately 75 percent of
the electricity used to power those products is consumed when the products are
“Phantom power can be compared to having a leaky faucet,” said Steven
Scheurich, vice president of customer service and external affairs for Entergy’s
Louisiana utilities. “A few drips may not seem like a big deal, but they can add
up over time. Appliances and electronics that draw power even when you aren’t
using them can add to your monthly power bill. Fortunately there are some simple
ways to control phantom power and help you save money.”
Anything with a plug, a glowing light or a display can be a phantom power
user. The most common culprits include electronics with remote controls, built
in clocks or timers and instant-on features such as television, computers,
printers, video game consoles and DVD players.
recent study by the National Resources Defense Council showed that some
cable TV boxes, which are often left on all day, can use as much power as a
Other common phantom power users are appliances such as washers and dryers,
electric ranges and microwave ovens and household items that are charged through
a wall plug such as digital cameras, power tools, cell phones and MP3 players.
Here are some simple steps that can help you fight phantom power:
• Use power strips. Connect several electronics to one power strip and turn
off the strip when the products are not in use to completely disconnect the
power supply from the power source.
• Unplug small transformers (battery chargers and power adapters) when products
are fully charged or not in use. Small transformers come with many electronics
and plug into standard wall outlets.
• Shop for appliances with all-in-one features, such as a phone with a built-in
answering machine and caller ID display. This will reduce the number of small
transformers plugged in and the amount of energy wasted.
• Check the label. If purchasing an Energy Star-labeled product, choose the
model that uses the least amount of phantom power. If the amount isn’t listed on
the label, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s
online database to view manufacturer-supplied data by category.
For more information on energy conservation and a variety of money saving
tips, visit entergy-louisiana.com/savemoney.
Entergy’s Louisiana utility companies serve more than one million customers
through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States
Louisiana, L.L.C. With operations in southern, central and northeastern
Louisiana, the companies are part of Entergy Corporation’s electric system
serving 2.7 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.