While we’re on the subject of saving money, let’s talk about your appliances. When you think about the things you have plugged-in in your home you probably just think of the big ones: the refrigerator, a couple of TVs, and maybe a desktop computer. But when you really start to think about it there are dozens of things plugged in each room!
When not in use, these appliances still use “phantom power” even when they’re turned off. That phantom power is going straight onto your electric bill costing you several dollars per appliance per month. This adds up to you spending hundreds of dollars per year on virtually nothing! It’s time for you to unplug and save!
What You Should Unplug
Like we said, there are dozens of phantom appliances in your home; we’ll break them down by room so you can really start to see the number of appliances you may be wasting precious dollars on powering:
- Kitchen Phantoms: your toaster, toaster oven, Keurig, blender, small grill, vacuum sealer, electric kettle, radio, and microwave (sure, after unplugging and replugging the microwave you may have to witness a blinking 00:00, but all you really need is the cook time).
- Office Phantoms: your computer, printer, lamps, phone/other device chargers, and small radio or docking station.
- Livingroom Phantoms: your TV, DVD player, gaming consoles, cable/satellite box, stereo system, and lamps. (You may even still have a landline phone or VCR, both of which almost also seem like a different type of phantom now!)
- Bathroom Phantoms: your electric razors, hair straighteners, blow dryers, electric toothbrushes, and radio.
- Bedroom Phantoms: Your lamps, phone/other device chargers, oscillating fan, TV, and DVD player.
If that seems like an awful lot of unplugging, plugging-back-in, and blinking clocks here’s a pro tip: you don’t necessarily have to completely unplug your appliances from the wall to save money and energy. Investing in a quality power strip can achieve the same results as unplugging and can be far more convenient when you compare unplugging every single device to simply turning off a few power strips. They’re especially convenient when you have several devices or appliances plugged in all in one area like the entertainment center in your living room or by your desk in your office.
What You Shouldn’t Unplug
Sometimes you have to accept appliance phantoms because some things just don’t make sense to unplug; things like your refrigerator, digital clocks, and wireless routers cease to do their very job once you unplug them. Other phantoms are also acceptable in the name of convenience; your washer, dryer, and stove may be plugged into a hard to reach area while some people simply cannot live without their pre-programmed coffee pots (which we totally understand).
If you have other electrical concerns aside from appliance phantoms (or maybe not remembering all the steps to the electric slide) give us here at Corley a call at (864) 661-2811 or contact us online. Our seasoned professionals are here 24/7 to keep you and your family safe.