Looking for a treat this Halloween? Find and reduce the phantom load in your home to save energy and money all year long.

Phantom load — or standby power — comes from the many electronics that draw power even when they aren’t in use. A typical American home has 40 products constantly drawing power, including DVRs, personal computers, video game consoles and DVD players. Together these amount to almost 10% of residential electricity use. In fact, ENERGY STAR® estimates that phantom load accounts for more than $11 billion a year in energy costs in the U.S.

Idaho Power encourages customers to reduce phantom load with these tips:

Enable power-save features on computers, TVs and videogame consoles.

Unplug electronic devices that don’t require reprogramming or aren’t frequently used.

Buy ENERGY STAR products, which have lower standby use.

Borrow a Kill A Watt™ meter from your local library and measure the standby use of devices in your home.

Use a power strip — or better yet a smart power strip — to control groups of electronics like computer or video equipment.

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