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Jul 21, 2008 by Joe Bloggs | Posted in Physics

Do power adapters, when plugged in, use electricity, even with no device attached?

Mine all seem to get hottish, and I've just read my electricity meter and it's 1200Kwh more than the estimated bill which arrived yesterday.


Phantom electricity use accounts for 5 billion kWh per year in the United States or the equivalent of one 500 MW power plant. Any appliance that has a digital clock, appliances with a standby light, cell phone chargers, laptop computer chargers or remote controls will use electricity even when they are shut off. The only way to stop the usage is to unplug the device. The easiest way to do this is to use power strips and plug multiple appliances into one strip. Once you shut the power off to the strip all of the appliances will also be completely off. AVERAGE ANNUAL ENERGY USE IN STANDBY MODE for some household appliances are: Computer 16 kWh Computer Printer 70 kWh Clock Radio 18 kWh Garage Door Opener 24 kWh Microwave Oven 26 kWh Computer Router 16 kWh Stereo/Surround Sound 128 kWh VCR/DVD Players 59 kWh Cable/Satellite Boxes 128 kWh LCD TV 123 kWh Plasma TV 145 kWh Rear Projection TV 186 kWh Cell phone charger 1.9 kWh Computer charger 5 kWh Multiply those numbers by the number of each you have in your home and then multiply that number by what you pay per kWh and you will have an idea of what it costs.

scuba diver | Jul 23, 2008
One life. | Jul 21, 2008
If anything that is plugged in gets hot it is consuming power, it would need to be consuming power to produce heat. All so called adapters should be switched off when not in use , some of the cheap ones run very hot and can be a fire risk so the best bet is if you are not using it pull the plug.
Question This | Jul 21, 2008
An AC to DC power adapter should not consume any electricity if there is no load place on it. But considering the fact that it's hot, it obviously is. That's a fire hazard, so I would unplug it whenever you're not using it.
yahoo user | Jul 21, 2008
I agree with "One life."
rhsaunders | Jul 21, 2008
Yes -- but not much. A small current is used to magnetize the transformer; most of this is out of phase with the voltage, so you aren't billed for it, but the in-phase portion costs.
comelucky96 | Jul 21, 2008
apparently fluorescent lights use nearly as much power off then on, so in answer to your question yes it does consume power.

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In New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon's thrilling novel of romantic suspense, a gutsy female agent from the Bureau of American Defense encounters an elusive killer who isn't at all what he seems. After losing her mother to a vigilante killer, Terri Mitchell has dedicated her life to justice. Working covertly as a new agent for the Bureau of American Defense agency, she's consulting with the New Orleans Police Department to bust an organized crime ring suspected of funding terrorism. But when rumors surface of a phantom ghost terrorizing and killing the very people she's investigating, she's suspicious.Nathan Drake has spent his life protecting his family, the only thing that matters to him...until the most feared drug lord in the southeast takes everything Nathan holds dear. Now he's a man on a mission with nothing to lose. He figures he only needs to stay alive long enough to protect the innocent lives the killers are out to destroy.As the two of them seek a similar goal by different means, Terri and Nathan are drawn deep into an evil underbelly that cuts through all levels of society. Now two people who have no reason to trust must trust in each other or die. And if they die, a deadly attack will be unleashed on thousands of innocent people.



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The letter-loving trio at Spence Mansion has something to grieve about—Ghastly's post office is about to close, which will cut off their connection to their fans. A new invention called VEXT-mail is threatening to replace not only letters, but books, hair dryers, and even garage door openers! Could the mysterious occupant of P.O. Box 5 and his seemingly sinister plan save the doomed post office? Will he strike down Ghastly's beloved ghostwriter in the process? In this fourth book in the award-winning 43 Old Cemetery Road series, eleven-year-old Seymour Hope and his new friend, Wy Fye,must solve this postmortem mystery . . . before it's too late!



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Creator: Dan Chiras, Mick Sagrillo, Ian Woofenden | 2009-04-01

Saving energy by eliminating phantom loads and continuous inverter operation does have its downsides. For example, automatic garage door openers may have to be turned off for the inverter to go into search mode. When you arrive home ...

Publisher: New Society Pub

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“Authors Dan Chiras, Mick Sagrillo, and Ian Woofenden have addressed the needs of people seeking a clearly written, comprehensive guide to the small-scale wind arena.” Backhome Magazine "Read no further than Power From the Wind by prolific writer and sustainable living practitioner Dan Chiras, with contributions by Mick Sagrillo and Ian Woofenden. This book helps you assess your energy needs, your site's wind energy potential, and sort out every aspect of the design, purchase and installation of a small-scale, or residential wind system. Amazingly, it does so without demanding that you be  some technical tinkerer or electrical engineer.  - John Ivanko, Sustainablog  "What can the wind do for the world's power problems? Power From The Wind discusses how people can use wind power to power their own homes on a small scale, reducing power consumption bills. Wind is cheap and renewable; to not harvest it for use is wasteful. Outlining how to get started harvesting wind power, author Dan Chiras answers many of the most commonly asked questions. Power From the Wind belongs in any collection for the environmentally thoughtful." - James. A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review Faced with frequent power outages, skyrocketing energy costs, and constant reminders of the impacts of conventional energy sources, homeowners and businesses are beginning to explore ways to use energy more efficiently and to generate their own electricity to reduce fuel bills and their carbon footprint and to achieve greater independence. Power From the Wind is an easy-to-understand guide for individuals and businesses interested in installing small wind energy systems and includes information on the following: Ways to assess wind resources at your site Wind turbines, towers, inverters, and batteries Installation, maintenance, and costs This book is designed to help readers make the smartest, most economical choices. Readers will gain the knowledge they need to make wise decisions during the design, purchase, and installation of small wind energy systems and to communicate effectively with wind system installers. Dan Chiras is an internationally acclaimed author who has published over twenty-four books, including The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy. He is a certified wind site assessor and has installed several residential wind systems. Dan lives in a passive solar home in Evergreen, Colorado. Mick Sagrillo is the wind technology specialist for Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy. Ian Woofenden is a wind electricity editor, writer, workshop coordinator, instructor, and user in Washington’s San Juan Islands.


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