PPL spokesman answers electricity questions
SUNBURY — While some machines are obvious energy hogs, a local electricity expert says there are some things adding to your energy bill that you might not even realize. Dan McCarthy of PPL said an average of 10 percent of your electricity is used up by products that aren’t even doing anything.
“There’s something called phantom power,” McCarthy said. “That simply means that when you have devices plugged in, even if they are not turned on, they are using a significant amount of energy. Your TV for instance is sitting there waiting to be turned on. Also, a real drain is actually chargers for various hand held devices. If you leave those plugged in they use energy, even though they are not charging your device.”
McCarthy said there is also a myth that local power outages are more prevalent. “They’re not actually longer and more frequent,” he said. “There has been some intensity of storms, as we all know. But overall outages and their frequency are not longer or more often. We do have a perception of that, however, because so much of our lives is now run by electronics.”
He said people now days may feel that they are without electricity longer because they are so used to using their electronic devices regularly. McCarthy was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program Wednesday. You can hear more on this topic by downloading that program here. (Codi Jade)