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Green Tip #19
Ghosts & Phantoms in Electronics

True or False?
When an appliance is off, it does not use any energy.

False. This is a myth. Many devices actually consume energy even when off. Televisions, chargers, clocks, and other devices may have “vampire”, or “phantom”, loads, requiring standby power even when the device is “off.”

Though many of the standby power for individual devices can be small, it adds up to about 5% of electricity usage. Plugging devices into power strips, and actually turning them off, will reduce your energy consumption. Some power strips are enabled with occupancy sensors that will turn them off when there’s no activity in the area.

Source: Smart Energy Design Assistance Center

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Visit Our Conservation Areas

Rock Springs Conservation Area
Friends Creek Conservation Area
Sand Creek Conservation Area
Griswold Conservation Area
Fort Daniel Conservation Area



The Macon County Conservation District invites you to visit the many natural areas in Macon County, Illinois, including Rock Springs Nature Center, which offers nature programs, special activities, nature hikes, summer camps, music programs, conference rooms for all ages throughout the year in Decatur, Illinois.
Macon County Conservation District
3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL 62521
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