Today, Icrontic's Mike D. takes a look at the phantom power draw caused by off and sleeping devices around a tech enthusiast's home. Eco-conscious readers may be surprised to see how much electricity they're wasting by shutting down devices or putting electronics to "sleep".
"I listened to a radio program recently discussing the impact of "Phantom Load" on the electricity grid. Small amounts of electricity are constantly being consumed by devices that are plugged in but appear to be shut off. These "sleeping" devices constantly draw power from the grid, twenty four hours per day, seven days per week. With more and more high-tech devices becoming commonplace among modern homes, this load continues to increase. Being a geek and PC enthusiast at heart, I suspected more to the electric load in my energy efficient home than just compact fluorescent bulbs. I was really intrigued by the thought of this and decided to conduct some testing of my own."