Phantom Load

Phantom Load

Phantom load is the unintentional siphoning of electricity by electronics, even when they are shut off.

Phantom Load

Common Culprits

Common Culprits

  • 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
Reduce Electricity Use

Reduce Electricity Use

  • 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

SOURCES:

  1. From The U.S. Department of Energy
  2. From The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Combating phantom load is easy:

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 StarĀ® qualified products that use less standby power

Unplugging. It's the new off.

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