11,000,000 homes could be be powered for one year with all the energy that goes to powering unused appliances, called “Phantom appliances”. In total, these unused appliances cost consumers $5 billion in utility fees each year.
Here are the two most common energy phantoms.
The Cable Box
The cable box and DVR are by far the worst energy phantoms in your home. Because these appliances are constantly running, they are using electricity and offering little benefit most of the time.
Altogether, it is estimated that Americans waste $2 billion on their cable boxes over the course of the year. That means that each of the 53 million homes in the US with a DVR is spending over $35 per year on wasted energy powering their cable box.
To combat this energy vampire, plug your DVR or cable box into a smart power strip, which automatically cuts power during down times to save substantially.
Like the cable box, the stereo tends to stay plugged in, even when not in use, leading to wasted energy. While it may not seem like a big deal, some older stereos can cost over $50 in unused energy costs each year.
By plugging the stereo into a smart power strip, you can cut down on unnecessary energy costs.