Welcome to October’s Energy Focus!

Silently dwelling in our cords and powerstrips are energy phantoms and vampires, slowly pulling power without us even noticing. Over time, this subtle leech of power adds up to significant energy waste, which is costly for the school and the environment.

October’s Energy Focus is all about defeating these energy phantoms and vampires by reducing plug load and unplugging unused devices.

Phantom load is the amount of power being consumed by electronic devices while they are turned off, but still plugged into an outlet. These devices are known as energy vampires, as they draw power into their cords to create this phantom load.

But we can defeat these forces of energy waste simply by unplugging what is not being used. For example, at the end of the day, look around your classroom. What is plugged in?

Computers, printers, TVs, fans, projectors, pencil sharpeners, lamps, phone chargers….do these all need to be plugged in after school is out? Ask your teacher. Be an Energy Advocate!

Learn more at ENERGYSTAR.gov.