(NC) Did you know that many devices and appliances in your home continue to draw power when plugged in — even when they’re off? This is called “phantom” or “standby” power, and it can account for up to 10 per cent of the energy use in your home. If you’re thinking this isn’t a big deal, the average Canadian home has 25 or more electronic devices that contribute to phantom power, costing approximately $150 a year in electricity.

The five most likely culprits of phantom power in your home are:

1. Personal video recorder (PVR)

2. Desktop computer or laptop

3. Speaker dock

4. Video game console

5. Stereo system.

Unplugging these devices can put money back in your pocket, and contribute to a greener environment.

Find more phantom power offenders using Hydro One’s room to room guide at www.hydroone.com/myhome/saveenergy/tips/pages/phantompowerroombyroom.aspx.

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