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News Releases : OPPD acknowledges ‘phantom’ power loss, but it may not be as scary as it sounds

As we approach Halloween, Omaha Public Power District takes a closer look at the monsters you cannot see – electronic devices left on when they’re not in use. They’re like vampires sucking unneeded energy. That ‘phantom’ load can scare off potential energy savings.

But just how much energy are you losing? And how costly is it? To find out, OPPD’s energy advisor tested the plugs and switches on items we use every day. Watch our phantom load video to see the surprising results.

There are some simple steps you can take to keep your power cords from being tricked into pulling any amount of electricity into devices you’re not using. And you’ll get the treat of energy savings.

  • ‘Dr. Sleep’: Many more of us are working from home these days and using our laptop or desktop computers. When they are idle, keep those computers from consuming excess energy by switching them to sleep mode.
  • ‘Lights Out’: The light emitted from idle computer monitors is another energy waste. Shut those monitors off when you’re not using them.
  • Keep ‘It’ together: Use a power strip as a central “turn off” point. This lets you control the power usage of multiple devices at one time, so they are not using electricity when you’re not home.

We have more energy saving pointers at OPPD.com/ee.