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Cleco reminds customers to beware of phantom energy

PINEVILLE, La. – Oct. 30, 2018 – In observance of Halloween, Cleco reminds customers to beware of phantom energy in their homes and businesses.

Phantom energy is a term used to describe appliances and electronics that are left plugged in when they are not in use. These items, on average, drain electricity 24/7 and account for over $100 of a home’s energy bill each year. 

“When you factor in common household items such as coffee makers, televisions, toasters and phone chargers, the average home has about 40 products constantly drawing power when they are left plugged in, even though they may be turned off,” said Hammad Chaudhry, Cleco energy efficiency manager. “If it has a light, even on a digital display, it's using energy.”

Cleco encourages customers not to fear the “phantom” and use the following tips to conserve energy:

  • Unplug any electrical device you are not using, even when it’s turned off.
  • Use a power strip to avoid plugging and unplugging cords multiple times. All devices plugged into the power strip can be turned off with the press of a button.
  • Use a smart-strip surge protector which senses when electronic devices are not in use and automatically powers it down.

For more conservation and energy efficiency tips and an assessment on the areas of your home that are using the most energy, visit www.cleco.com/energyefficiency.

Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC is a regional energy company that conducts substantially all of its business operation through its primary subsidiary, Cleco Power. Cleco Power is a regulated electric utility company that owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 3,310 MWs and serves approximately 290,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.  For more information about Cleco, visit us at www.cleco.com. 

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