eliminate wasted phantom power

Posted on Feb 7, 2014

Most Apple and Windows PCs can be put to `sleep` or `standby` mode while not in use rather than shutting them down completely. This mode has the advantage thatwhen they wake from sleep via keyboard or mouse activation, the operating systemrestores all previous work sessions within seconds. There is no need to restart the computer and then reopen the

eliminate wasted phantom power
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files being worked on. Sleep or "standby" mode is a useful feature on myWindows Media Center, which uses a dedicated Windows 7 PC. It turns on and off automatically for scheduled TV program recordings, or for downloading the daily program guide. I also use its Media Center remote control to turn the PC and TV on or off from a comfortable watching distance. Sleep or Standby mode requires that peripheral devices (TV, monitors, speakers, printers, etc. )attached to the PC continue to draw standby or "phantom" power. The disadvantages of standby power relate to the wasted energy used. As standby power is reduced, the disadvantages become less. With the adoption of the One Watt Initiative by many countries, standby energy use is being reduced on new equipment, but there are still millions of older appliances and peripherals out there that often use ten watts or more. I had been curious about the power consumed byvarious household electronic devices and appliances while they sit idle. So I bought a Kill-A-Watt meter from Amazon for$20. 31 including shipping. Read what Consumer Reports has to say about this device. Using this simple device I took power measurements on various "dormant" appliances and computer setups around the house with surprising results. For example, I found that PC peripherals like speakers, printers and other accessories draw a not insignificant amount of idle power when not in use Using the...

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