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The fist step in planning a renewable energy system is to reduce the energy consumption. Phantom electrical loads account for approximately 6% of a homes electricity consumption. Phantom electrical loads can be easily reduced to save electricity, money and carbon footprint.

Take a look at the appliances you have plugged into your electrical outlets around your home. Appliances used throughout the home usually have on/off switches. What most people fail to realize is that even when you turn off these appliances, most will still draw energy. This energy draw is called a "phantom load" and needs to be taken into consideration to reduce energy consumption and planning a renewable energy system for implementation in your home.

Some devices are easy to recognize such as appliances with built in clocks, DVD players, televisions, coffee makers, etc... Others are not so obvious such as your door bell, electric charge razor, computers, etc... Appliances that can be operated with a remote-control is also consuming power around the clock. It has to stay in a ready state in order to be switched on by the remote control. The ready state consumes less electricity than when the device is turned on, but over a 24-hour period the energy consumption can be substantial. Multiply that by 365 days and you are looking at a nice electricity bill and wasted energy for "convenience".

The easiest way to reduce or eliminate phantom power draw is to plug these devices and appliances into power bars that include their own on/off switch, also called switchable outlets. When you turn off the device or appliance, turn off the power supply to the switchable outlet.

If you think this will be inconvenient or a pain, remeber the fact that you will be saving approximately 6% on your electricity bill. Do the calculation yourself and you'll be pleasently surprised. This the cost of grid energy going up and the up front capital cost of haressing your own renewable energy, every bit helps.

Move on energy savings coming soon... in the meantime keep it Green!

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