Phantom Power

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Are energy phantoms haunting your electric bill? Our Energy Expert explains how to pull the plug on those pesky power drains.

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  1. Janice Van Buren said:

    Smart. I leave nothing plugged in that doesnt need to be. My tv is plugged into a power strip and is off all the time except when I am watching it. Great tips for saving energy.

    at 2:07 pm on December 15, 2016
  2. B. Moore said:

    Excellent video! The general public needs to become aware just how easy this substantial waster of energy can be addressed. Thank you!

    at 2:07 pm on December 15, 2016
  3. Alex Matus said:

    While the words “phantom power” may conjure up scary images of ghosts and ghouls, there’s nothing menacing about saving energy and saving money on your next electric bill. Great video!

    at 2:10 pm on December 15, 2016
  4. Val Schend said:

    Have some of my electronics hooked into a smart strip. Need to invest in another one or two. Thanks for the reminder.

    at 2:21 pm on December 15, 2016
  5. Peter Gascoyne said:

    Great ideas. Easy to lose track of all the waste.

    at 2:25 pm on December 15, 2016
  6. Patricia M Almond said:

    Thanks for the tips on energy phantoms! I was almost scared! 🙂

    at 2:40 pm on December 15, 2016
  7. Richard Lathrop said:

    I am aware of the power drain issue, but I’m not sure what more we could turn off that isn’t essential. We leave no computers on in sleep mode. The only thing that might use power would be our fiber optic telephone/TV/internet system. I don’t want to turn that off as our telephone comes through it. If I had one of the energy use monitors I would test the system.

    at 2:41 pm on December 15, 2016
  8. Bart Schley said:

    The Phantom Power video clip was both enlightening and informational. I had no idea that 6% of an average residential electric customer’s monthly electric bill is due to devices using phantom power! I think MGE customers, and MGE employees appreciate this this type of information. Thanks for sharing the video!

    at 2:45 pm on December 15, 2016
  9. Gerald Mowris said:

    Good ideas, but could have more specifics, like a list of potential items to check.

    at 2:52 pm on December 15, 2016
  10. Jane Greischar said:

    Great video, makes saving energy a fun experience

    at 3:00 pm on December 15, 2016
  11. Helen Kitchel said:

    Great video, short and to the point, and good reminder to check out a monitor and check for phantom useage!

    at 3:18 pm on December 15, 2016
  12. Pete Sammataro said:

    Does it make sense to place “phantom power” devices on a timer? This way, they could not draw power when they’re not needed, but be available automatically when they are. Timers also draw power, which is why I ask whether it would make sense to use one for this purpose.

    at 4:15 pm on December 15, 2016
  13. John Whalen said:

    It sounds great to be able to turn off all the items that continually use energy, while away or not being used, however it seems that many devices would lose their settings and have to be reset when they were plugged in or turned on again.

    at 5:32 pm on December 15, 2016
  14. Dan Bell said:

    Thanks for the great info on phantom power and the option to pick up a free loaner meter at the public library.

    at 5:43 pm on December 15, 2016
  15. Audrey Lucier said:

    Good idea but power strip used with my tv cuts off power intermittently to other devices like tv ears and DVD player that seem like the proper users of that technology. Happens when switch screens as from show to commercial and DVD player turns off when select it as input source. Technology still needs some work.

    at 7:05 pm on December 15, 2016
  16. Richard Baker said:

    I’ve always wondered if power strips actually stop the phantom energy. It seems like that’s a quick and easy solution.

    at 9:04 pm on December 15, 2016
  17. Cathleen Swee said:

    I liked knowing about a power strip that could turn off devices when they are not used. Also, knowing that up to 6% in phantom power could be saved is worth finding out more details and now I know I can check out the “Watts Up’ at my library. Very informative video.

    at 9:08 pm on December 15, 2016
  18. Jesse said:

    That smart power strip that automatically turns off the power when a device isn’t being used is really cool! I will have to put one of those on my Christmas list!

    at 11:34 pm on December 15, 2016
  19. Sue said:

    Unplug, unplug, unplug.

    at 6:39 am on December 16, 2016
  20. Todd Hayes said:

    Good ideas that we’ll try to incorporate into our daily routine. Thanks MGE.

    at 7:06 am on December 16, 2016
  21. David Foss said:

    6% is a surprisingly high number

    at 8:24 am on December 16, 2016
  22. Mike Kruse said:

    Thanks for sharing this is good info.

    at 9:17 am on December 16, 2016
  23. Patricia A Prime said:

    Great idea to borrow an energy monitor from the library!

    at 10:17 am on December 16, 2016
  24. J Williams said:

    Good information. I’ve checked out the Watts Up Pro in the past, but since some of my electronics have changed recently, I plan to do that again.

    at 1:32 pm on December 16, 2016
  25. Maryann Turner said:

    Thanks for an excellent reminder on how to actually save energy.
    We will try to borrow one of the monitors again to recheck what we have done .

    at 2:47 pm on December 16, 2016
  26. Alvin said:

    I have some smart strips, but need more! How do I attack other phantom loads – like my garage door opener? Or is there a whole home unit that could help eliminate many phantom loads? Which do you recommend?

    at 4:09 pm on December 16, 2016
  27. Cheryl Robinson said:

    Good review.

    at 5:48 pm on December 16, 2016
  28. Jay Dreke said:

    This video on phantom power was an eye opener.
    Thanks for letting us know. Nation wide it really adds up!

    The points on how to reduce such are very helpful.
    Easy to do!

    Appreciate it.

    at 9:20 am on December 17, 2016
  29. Aleksandr Kladnitsky said:

    Thank you. Good advice. I have heard this before and it is a good reminder.

    at 10:40 am on December 17, 2016
  30. Diane Schuck said:

    I am ready to turn off hidden energy usage. I love the idea of a power strip that automatically turns off power, we are always forgetting to unplug. I am going to buy a couple of Smart Strips right away. Thanks for the great video and reminder!

    at 10:27 am on December 18, 2016
  31. D. Dinsmore said:

    I’d like more tips on which devices are the better candidates to unplug. When is it OK to “lose it’s mind”.

    at 7:01 pm on December 18, 2016
  32. Kim Schmitgen said:

    I tell my family to unplug everything they are not using! Kim

    at 6:09 am on December 20, 2016
  33. Michelle Buerger said:

    Thanks for the informational video. I try to avoid any phantom power usage by my electronics and appliances.

    at 7:14 pm on December 27, 2016
  34. CArla said:

    I am afraid to use it in my sons room!! But I am looking forward to “busting” him.

    at 8:35 am on May 17, 2020

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