Green Tip #56: Unplug Unused Appliances

phantom powerIn our house we have a Lazy Susan full of small appliances like a blender, waffle iron, toaster, slow cooker, etc. We take these out when needed. Most of these only use power when turned on but other appliances like our coffee maker and microwave use power to light up their screens-power that we really don’t need to be using at any other time. It’s called phantom power and it costs you hourly, daily, monthly and yearly.  So a short while ago SPF suggested we unplug them when not in use. That is what we have been doing ever since and it makes a difference.

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