Standby power, also known as phantom load or vampire power, refers to the energy used by appliances that are switched off or are in ‘standby mode’.
If you live in a typical U.S. home, your appliances and home electronics are responsible for about 20% of your energy bills. More than 75% of that power is consumed while the appliances and electronics are in standby mode.
Many devices, such as televisions, DVD players, stereos and computers spend much of their lives in standby mode, collectively consuming a huge amount of energy. Efforts are being made around the world to reduce this unnecessary power consumption. To reduce the amount of phantom load in your home, plug your computer and entertainment equipment into a power strip and turn the strip off.
Also, remember to unplug the cell phone charger when it is not charging the phone.
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