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Phantom Power Loads and the Environment

You can reduce your electricity bills by as much as 10% – simply by unplugging appliances or switching devices off at the power point they are connected to when not in use. It’s good for your wallet and for our planet.

Standby, also known as phantom power loads, are responsible for an incredible amount of electricity consumption nationally. Practically every electronic device that you plug into a socket continues to consume electricity after you’ve switched the device off. Examples include phone chargers, notebook power adaptors, microwave ovens, game consoles CD, video and dvd players

If an appliance or device has an adaptor, the easiest way to tell if it’s still drawing power when the device is switched off is if the adaptor is warm.

While the amount of power being drawn by each of these appliances in standby mode usually isn’t huge – anything from .5 – 5 watts per hour; when you consider the number of electronics devices in the average home these days and multiply that by the number of hours in a year; then multiply that by the number of households in your country – it really adds up. The average home in the USA consumers about 50 watts of standby power an hour.

I’ve read that the annual collective standby power draw from households in the USA is around 8 gigawatts – equivalent to the electricity production of eight large power plants. Globally, standby power consumption is estimated to be responsible for about 1% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon dioxide is a gas that contributes to global warming.

Imagine that – we could knock off 1% of the amount of carbon dioxide being spewed into the environment just by switching appliances and devices off at the wall when not in use; and all save a few bucks on each power bill in the process!

Michael Bloch is the author and owner of Green Living Tips.com, an online resource powered by renewable energy offering a wide variety of earth friendly tips, green guides, advice and environment related news to help consumers and business reduce costs, consumption and environmental impact on the planet.

Broadway musical Phantom of the Opera tickets

The Phantom of the Opera became the longest running Broadway production ever when it overtook Cats on January 6, 2006 with its 7486th performance. The world premiere of the musical was on September 27, 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theater in London. The first Broadway production opened on January 9, 1988 at the Majestic Theater. The Phantom of the Opera has been made into a major motion picture as well. It is perhaps the most popular musical in the history of Broadway.


The story of Phantom of the Opera revolves around three major characters. One is a facially disfigured genius musician and composer who wears a mask to hide his deformity and is known as the Phantom that haunts the Paris Opera House. He is enamored by Christine Daae, an opera chorus girl whom he takes under his wing and trains her to become a fine opera singer. Christine is in love with Raoul, whom she has known as a child and whom she rediscovers at the Paris Opera House.


The story begins with a scene in 1911, with Raoul as a seventy year old wheelchair bound man who is present at the auction of objects of the Paris Opera House. The auctioneer explains the relevance of a chandelier on display in relation to the Phantom of the opera and then the scene shifts back to the Paris Opera House in its heights.


We see the prima donna Carlotta at a rehearsal for the opera, Hannibal, when suddenly a backdrop falls, nearly killing her. There are cries of “It’s the Phantom” and she refuses to sing after that. Christine is then asked to perform by her friend who is the ballet teacher’s daughter. Raoul sees her there and recognizes her as his childhood friend. He wishes to take her for dinner but she refuses saying her music teacher will not permit it. After that we discover that her music teacher is the Phantom himself who is obsessed with her.


The rest of the story progresses with her love for Raoul blossoming and the phantom’s rage at that. In the end, Christine is kidnapped by the Phantom who asks her to stay with him forever or he would kill Raoul. Her decision brings with it the end of the story of the Phantom of the Opera.


The musical is directed by Harold Prince with haunting and unforgettable music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber who also wrote the script. The cast includes Howard McGillin as the Phantom, Jennifer Hope Wills as Christine and Michael Shawn Lewis as Raoul. The show has won over fifty awards including three Olivier Awards and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.


The Phantom of the Opera tickets are in high demand even after so many performances. To get your tickets at the best price your best option would be to contact the box office at the Majestic Theater where it has been running for the last nineteen years, the only Broadway production to do so. Your other options include ordering tickets on the phone or online.

Al is the webmaster of the Phantom Of The Opera Tickets site, a New York City entertainment website with reviews and news on every event, as well as Phantom Of The Opera tickets resources.

The Phantom Of The Opera New York Tickets – Phantom Welcomes Two

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show on Broadway, and even decades after it first debuted, the demand for The Phantom of the Opera New York tickets is still as high as ever. Because of its staying power, the cast of The Phantom of the Opera tends to change from time to time as stars move on to different projects and old stars return. The Broadway version is set to welcome back to stars familiar with the musical in December.

On Dec. 6, Liz McCartney and Sean MacLaughlin will be joining the show as Carlotta and Raoul, respectively. They will be replacing Patricia Phillips and Ryan Silverman, who will both finish their run with The Phantom of the Opera on Dec. 4. Phillips Played Carlotta since 2003, while Silverman has played Raoul since April 2009.

Both McCartney and MacLaughlin are familiar with the roles. McCartney took the role of Carlotta more than a decade ago, when she performed from June 1999 to April 2001. She was also part of the ensemble in 1999 before taking the role of Carlotta. MacLaughlin is familiar with the role of Raoul, as he had the role in the touring production of The Phantom of the Opera. He started with the touring production as part of the ensemble in June of 2007. In February of 2009, he became Raoul, continuing in that role until the tour’s closing in October of 2010.

McCartney is one of Broadway’s veterans, and she has starred in many of the classic shows on Broadway. She played Rosie in Mamma Mia, Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie (the final production), Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables, among other roles. She also originated the role of Sue Tilley in TABOO and Rebecca in Dance of the Vampires. Her regional credits include shows like Into the Woods, Fifty Million Frenchman, Paint Your Wagon, A Vision, Carols for a Cure and more. McCartney has also appeared on television on shows like Law and Order SVU and Saturday Night Live.

MacLaughlin also has extensive experience on Broadway. He has appeared in The Woman in White (also by Andrew Lloyd Webber), Bombay Dreams and Lestat (an Elton John creation). His Off-Broadway credits include The Audiences and Requiem for William. Regionally, he has performed in shows like Merrily We Roll Along and Tom Sawyer.

Joining MacLaughlin and McCartney in the Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera are Hugh Panaro as The Phantom, Sara Jean Ford as Christine, George Lee Andrews as Monsieur Andre, David Cryer as Monsieur Firmin, Cristin J. Hubbard as Madam Giry and others.

The Phantom of the Opera is based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of the story first debuted in the 1980s, and it won seven Tony Awards in its first season on Broadway in 1988. Many of the songs from The Phantom of the Opera have since become classics like “The Music of the Night,” “Masquerade” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

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‘phantom Data’ Being Sent By Windows Phone 7

Digital broadcasters Microsoft has been informed about the mishap with regards to their latest Windows Phone 7 software which has been sending and receiving phantom data for which customers are being erroneously charged by their respective network providers. This nonetheless, is now being investigated by Microsoft as per their reports.

The error is however, pulling as much as 50 MB worth of data and sending the same over various 3G networks which variably is becoming a cause of concern for the customers using Windows Phone 7. Reasoning suggests that because a lot of the customers have a fixed allocated monthly data allowance plan in place; this blemish is causing them to exceed their allowance and thereby incorrectly reflect phone charges in their bills.
And to provide some information from the Digital broadcasters themselves, a spokesman from Microsoft said, We are investigating this issue to determine the root cause and will update with information and guidance as it becomes available.

And in the light of all this unwanted technological drawbacks from Microsoft, the people who have been hit by this issue have voiced their opinions and tribulations on a number of web forums. An example of this can be viewed at Paul Thurrotts supersite for Windows afflicting, I received an e-mail from AT&T saying that I was close to my 2GB data limit which truly shocked me as I feel I do not use data that much.
To add to the fury, another fellow windows phone 7 user; this time a US based counterpart also ascribed that their phone was making use of the data services at night when in actuality, they were not using the phone to send or receive emails at all.

The Windows Phone 7 operating system was just recently unveiled in October of 2010. Conversely, the operating system has yet to be considered a threat to its rivals falling under the likes of Apple, Google and Blackberry, all of which have sped ahead in terms of smartphone software development.

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Want to Save Money and Electricity? Eliminate “Phantom Power” Drain!

Today, many of the appliances, both large and small, and electronic devices in our homes draw a small amount of power even while they are switched off. This “phantom power” drain comes from VCRs, televisions, satellite and cable boxes and DVRs, stereos, computers, printers, kitchen appliances, clocks and clock radios, cell phone and portable music player chargers, and laptop chargers, almost anything plugged into wall power. This is especially true if the device has a remote control; the circuitry that responds to the remote must ALWAYS be on or the remote will not work. As much as three quarters of the electricity used to power many of these devices goes through these devices while the devices are off.

It’s easy to cut this costly power draw by unplugging these devices when they’re off. Of course, for some electronics, like clocks, televisions and the other devices related to them, cordless phones and the like, this can be very inconvenient. If your cordless phone is unplugged, you have no phone, you will have to reset all your clocks when you plug them back in, and the satellite and cable boxes always need power. But many devices like cell phone chargers, printers, print servers, fax machines, laptop charging cords, power supplies for computer speakers, etc., really don’t need to be on or even in “sleep mode” (where they still draw some power) overnight. Even leaving your computer on overnight consumes power needlessly.

The easy solution? Simply plug the electronics that can be left unpowered for a while into switchable power strips, and turn the power strips off when the devices will not be needed for several hours, like overnight.

Plug your computers, monitors, printers, speakers, external hard drives, USB hubs, etc. into a switchable power strip (preferably one with surge protection built in) and turn it off when you leave for the night, and then turn it back on in the morning.
On the other hand, some chargers do their work overnight, for instance the ones for your cell phone or MP3 player. So, to charge these devices, plug the chargers into another power strip that you turn on when you plug in your “daytime devices” to charge at night. Then, in the morning to start your day, turn off the power strip with the chargers for the cell phone and other “rechargeable daytime devices” and turn on the daytime working devices like the computer, etc.
The important thing is always think about power use and unplug … don’t just turn off – unplug or switch off with a power strip …  anything you’re not using. You’ll save a great deal of power, lower your electric bill, and save resources used to create the power that will not have to be generated. Even if you create the power with your own wind and solar generators, if you use less washing dishes, you will have more for other things.

Dan Davenport wants the world to be a greener place … intelligently. Come to http://www.easy-energy-saving-home.com to find many energy and money saving ideas you can use every day.

Saving Energy – Phantom Loads Are a Menace

I am not sure where the term phantom loads comes from. I saw the term used someplace and have subsequently adopted it as my own. My dictionary describes a phantom as something that exists only in appearance. Phantom loads refer to the small electrical loads that exist in most households and just about every place electricity is used.

What Produces A Phantom Load?

If you have a television set, a VCR, a DVD player, a stereo and many similar electrical devices you have phantom loads present. Each of these uses a small transformer to provide enough electricity to allow a remote control to turn the device on. It does not amount to a whole lot of power, only around 4 watts, but when added together they can use a larger cumulative amount of electricity.

How Much Is Too Much?

Besides the devices mentioned above, there are a whole lot more, garage door openers, electric clocks, microwaves, ovens or any appliance with clocks, cordless phones, and even the newer washing machines. My satellite receiver, if just plugged in, actually pulls 35 watts just sitting there in the off mode. My stereo pulls the same. If I have 8 devices each using 4 watts and 2 that use 35 watts each, that amounts to 100 watts per hour. Multiplied by 24 hours in a day for 30 days a month, that equals 72 KWH (Kilowatt Hours). If I pay 15 cents per KWH to my electric company, that costs me $ 10.80 per month just to have these devices on and ready for me to use them. If my electric bill is $ 100 a month. That is 10% of my bill. Computers along with the printer, modem, etc in the standby mode actually pull 30 watts just sitting there. If left it in the standby mode all night long, that is another 15KWH per month.

Why Do I Care?

I live in a solar home. My electricity comes from a solar energy electric system. I look at my usage different than many who use grid power, mainly because my energy is limited. During a normal sunshiny day the average solar electric system expects to receive 6 good hours of charging on average. If I have all the phantom loads on 24 hours a day, it would take almost 2.5 hours for my solar energy system to replace that usage. That is almost 40% of what my 1000 watt system generates.

What Can Be Done To Eliminate Phantom Loads?

I have eliminated all but 3 of these devices from running 24 hours a day, my garage door opener, my cordless phone and my solar controller for my solar water heating system. The rest I have either disconnected or have connected to a plug that can be turned on and off when needed. I can still use the remote when they are on. My microwave has a mechanical timer. (Yes, you can still find them). My TV, satellite receiver, VCR, DVD and stereo are all connected to a switchable plug and are turned on when used and off when not. I do not have any electric clocks or appliances that use them. A clock running on a small battery operates for years and tells the same time.

What’s In It For Us?

If we all just cut our electrical usage by 10%, how many barrels of oil might that save? I can’t think of a better reason than that.

Jim Eddy and his wife live in Northern California in an all solar home. They have designed a web site describing how they use solar energy to provide their energy needs in hopes of inspiring others that they can do the same. They have also included videos on their site to show how they do it. Their web site and videos can be found at http://www.livingonsolar.com

Opera Glasses and the Phantom of the Opera – A Review

The story of the Phantom of the Opera begins in Paris sometime in the 1800’s when two men take ownership of an old theater house believed to be haunted by a ghost. The ghost is said to be the spirit of a construction worker of the theater named Erik, who haunts the theater. The truth of the matter is that Erik is very much alive, although severely disfigured from birth. To cover his disfigured face, he wears the mask which has become the symbol of this wonderful performance.

As time passes, Erik tells the one of the performers, Christine, that her dead father who is has sent him to train her with voice lessons. The voice lessons take place in Christine’s dressing room. This may sound fairly normal, but Erik is on the other side of the wall training her as he told Christine he is a spirit. As Erik trains Christine she becomes a phenomenal singer. Christine takes the leading role in a performance.

As Christine is performing one night on stage, Christine faints, and a man in the audience comes to save her. This man Raoul, we find out is a childhood friend of Christine, and begins to fall in love with her. Raoul begins to attend her performances, gifting her with flowers, and visiting with her often.

As Christine and Raoul start to fall even more in love, the Phantom; Erik watches and hears all that is happening, finally he decides to meet with Christine face to face. When he shows his face in her dressing room for the first time, he wears the mask that has made this play famous. He then abducts Christine, and takes her through winding tunnels down to his home in the secret catacombs of the opera house.

Christine finds out that The Phantom does not plan to release her. At this point she becomes very fearful and also very angry. Erik then makes a promise to her that she will be let go after staying for five more days. At this point he takes Christine on a tour of his underground home, which features many strange things. Be sure to be using your opera glasses at this point of the performance, for this part can truly not be forgotten.

During a powerful duet in the performance with Christine and Erik, Christine wonders who this phantom really is, and why he wears this mask over half of his face. Remember to use your opera glasses at this point, as Christine grabs his mask by surprise and takes it off. Erik, now upset, and feeling betrayed, decides that he will not release Christine, and that she will remain there with him always. You will feel at this point, the love that the Phantom has for Christine, and the deep desire he has to feel that love in return.

We will not reveal the ending of this wonderful performance; suffice it to say it is an epic one. You will never forget the impressions that this musical leaves on your heart. The costumes, music and storyline will truly astound you. This is a performance that demands to be seen again and again to full appreciate, for this reason it has remained on Broadway so long! As we always recommend bring your opera glasses to appreciate this wonder to the fullest.

Jeff B. has always loved the theater and opera, he currently helps run an opera glasses retail site where they sell opera glasses.
Including Opera Glasses with handle, flashlight, chain and more!

Behind the Popularity of the Phantom of the Opera Mask

Many people over the years have enjoyed the popular story “The Phantom of the Opera”, and although it is an old tale, it has had a huge influence on a great number of people. Many people were fascinated by the Phantom’s gnarled facial features, and the mask that he wore to cover his terrible disfiguration. Because of this fascination with the Phantom of the Opera and the mask that he wore , when the time comes for people to attend a masked ball or other masquerade themed event, many party-goers choose to wear a Phantom of the Opera mask, and emulate the mysterious white mask that covered half of the famous character’s face.

This famous mask that played a large role in this classic tale of love and pain, is loved by many people because of the unique look that a mask that only covers half of the face brings. Many masks only cover half the face, but the difference between other masks and the phantom mask is that others cover the face horizontally, such as only covering the top half of the face, but the phantom of the opera mask covers half of the face vertically, giving it a very unique look. This look makes the person wearing it appear very mysterious and dapper as well.

Also, this mask is popular around Halloween time, because playing the character of the Phantom of the Opera is a fun and different choice for a Halloween costume, and it causes the person wearing the mask to appear very original. This makes these masks well sought after in the fall months. This can be a very inexpensive, yet good-looking costume for you. All that you need is a black cape and a Phantom of the Opera mask, and you are set!

These masks are really just for the men, although women have been known to wear them from time to time. Still, this is really a more masculine style of mask. All in all, if you are looking for an inexpensive and fashionable masquerade mask to wear to your next event, choosing a Phantom of the Opera mask may be a great decision for you!

Samantha Crowley is a masquerade mask expert who has years of experience in the industry. You can read more articles about masquerade ball masks at her masquerade ball website, Success Creations. Click the links to see some of the best designs in the business!

Rolls-Royce Phantom Car


The Rolls-Royce Phantom is the ultimate saloon car. It’s the automotive equivalent of a Sunseeker yacht. The only other rival it has is the Maybach, which may be on the level from a technological perspective, but in terms of presence and brand, it isn’t really in the same league.

The engine is fantastic. German engineering and technology have given the Phantom an enlarged 6.75-litre version of the BMW 7 Series V12, but here it produces over 450bhp and a huge 531lb/ft of torque. When mated to the 6-speed transmission, it provides turbine-like smoothness and discreet, effortless performance.

This car has real authority. Sure, I’m personally not completely convinced about the electrically closing rear doors, but they’re still a feature that draws people in. It is a large car, but with the air suspension and precise steering, it doesn’t feel unwieldy to drive. Traveling in the car, there is virtually no noise at all. Furthermore, rear accommodation is superb, with immensely comfortable seats that really do indulge.

For passengers, this car has no rival. Nothing is more comfortable, cosseting or more of an event to travel in – needless to say, it has every option and addition to make the travel experience that similar to being in Concorde. But with far, far more space.

It’s made even more special by being the car Sir Alan Sugar drives! The Apprentice has really added to the Phantom’s prestige, and in an entirely positive way. Respected people own Rolls-Royce, and second-hand buyers seem keen to buy into that themselves. I thus highly recommend it.

It will be interesting to see how things fare with the imminent arrival of the Ghost. This is a smaller but still very up market Rolls-Royce, drawing from the acclaimed platform of the BMW 7 Series. It is still very much a Rolls-Royce though – I wonder if the Ghost will generate more interest in the range, and see secondhand Rolls-Royce Phantom prices harden when people realize what bargains they are? See, for some, the only car to be seen in is the range-topper.

The above is extracted from a 68 page luxury car market report that can be found on www.clivesutton.co.uk.


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Phantom Poop Sales and Marketing Tips

I have a rather strange (even by my standards) sales and marketing tip today. But, if you take it to heart, I think you’ll find selling your products and services a whole lot easier… and even “routine.”

Anyway, here’s the story:

It tends to rain a LOT in my neck of the woods. And for the longest time, when taking my dog out during long rain stretches, if she didn’t do her “duty” quick, it got really frustrating. Usually, she’d take her time sniffing and looking for a spot until, at last, she’d squat like she was going to do her thing… only to suddenly stop and stand back up again.

Not just once… but several times for 15 or 20 minutes:

Sniff, squat, stand back up.

Sniff, squat, stand back up.

I call ’em “phantom poops” and, as you can imagine, it can get REALLY annoying out in the cold rain.

And you know what?

This exact same thing happens ALL the time in business, too.

Customers have their credit cards out and are seemingly ready to pull the trigger… ready to buy… only to stop at the last minute and decide NOT to buy until later (or maybe not at all).

It can be extremely frustrating.

Especially if you’ve been trying to land a big client or contract. And if you don’t know how to deal with this, you’ll end up walking around in the rain with people for days and weeks as they sniff around for a good spot, with no guarantee they’ll ever “go.”

Hey, I admit I do the same thing.

I often read and re-read sales letters, email and call with questions, and sometimes “sniff” around for months until I buy. This is especially true before I hire a service provider or buy a high ticket product.

It’s perfectly natural and understandable.

So what’s the solution?

Well, after a few months of my dog pulling this stunt, it dawned on me to simply not take her outside in the rain unless she’s really and TRULY ready to “do the doo.”

That way, she goes IMMEDIATELY.

No dawdling. No hemming and hawing. No sniffing around or “phantom pooping.” She goes out, does her thing, and that’s that. End of story.

And that’s how I approach business, too.

In fact, I once heard Dan Kennedy (I think it was him) say he doesn’t get on the phone with anyone who isn’t already 80% “sold.”

And I’ve done just that ever since with lots of success.

In fact, if you simply ONLY started focusing on those ready to buy, instead of trying to sell those who aren’t ready to buy yet, you’ll find your sales go up, your stress go down, and your entire business getting a lot more fun.



And that’s the reason why it works so well.

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