Phantom Load

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

Common Culprits

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  • Small Devices

    Small Devices

    Small Devices

    Cell phone chargers
    Digital picture frames

  • Medium Devices

    Medium Devices

    Medium Devices

    Laptops
    Large screen televisions

  • Other Devices

    Other Devices

    Other Devices

    Video game systems
    Home theater components

Combating Phantom Load

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  • Unplug

    Unplug

    Unplug

    Unplug chargers, computers, monitors, printers and other devices when not in use

  • Use

    Use

    Use

    Use smart strips that control which devices can draw power directly from the strip

  • Replace

    Replace

    Replace

    Replace old products with Energy StarĀ® qualified products that use less standby power