Some of the super energy-efficient homes featured in Home Power can run all their household loads using the same amount of electricity that a typical American household wastes on phantom loads. So see how low you can go—get your hands on a power meter, and spend an hour or two surveying your home for phantom loads. You’ll be rewarded by shaving a bit off your next electrical bill, and you’ll sleep better at night knowing that your efforts are helping to reduce our overall energy use, and the pollution associated with fossil fuel and nuclear electricity generation. And when you do install an RE system to power your home, there will be significant savings in up-front equipment costs (see sidebar). Remember, energy saved is energy that doesn’t need to be generated in the first place.
Energy Star • www.energystar.gov • Information on energy efficient, low standby power appliances
Brand Electronics • 888-433-6600 • www.brandelectronics.com • Brand meter
Electronic Educational Devices • 877-928-8701• www.doubleed.com • Watts Up? meter
P3 International Corp. • 888-895-6282 • www.p3international.com • Kill A Watt meter