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Phantom Load

Items most likely to draw phantom load include those that:

  • Use or require remote controls
  • Have digital displays or clocks
  • Use power cords with boxes and lights. These power supplies usually stay on after the electronic device is off.

Common culprits include:

  • Cell phone chargers, digital picture frames and coffee pot clocks
  • Laptops and large screen televisions
  • DVD players, video game systems and other home theater components

Eliminating wasteful draws on electricity can have a big impact:

  • Devices that draw around 20 watts in stand-by mode may add up to a couple of dollars a month to your electric bill1
  • Phantom loads cost the average U.S. household $100 per year1
  • Phantom loads equate to almost 10% of residential electricity use2
  • A typical American home has about forty products constantly drawing power2

Combating phantom load is easy:

  • Unplug chargers, computers, monitors, printers and other devices when not in use
  • Use smart strips that control which devices can draw power directly from the strip
  • Replace old products with Energy Star® qualified products that use less standby power

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