View Single Post
Old 06-28-13, 01:07 PM   #22
Journeyman EcoRenovator
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Arab, AL
Posts: 491
Thanks: 109
Thanked 49 Times in 43 Posts

I just had a home energy audit performed on my house and the phantom load that really surprised me was my desktop calculator. It drew 1 watt {per Kill-A-Watt meter} when turned off and 4 to 5 when in use, printer function on. I unplugged it right after I calculated 24 * 365 = 8760, or 8.76 kWh of power annually mostly wasted since I only use it to balance my checkbook once a month. Ok, I know that in my area, that works out to about $1.30/annually, but it's $1.30 that I get no value from.

It's amazing what you can find with one of those infrared "guns" the auditor carries around!
gasstingy is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to gasstingy For This Useful Post:
b4u2 (11-07-13)