"Phantom" Electric Load
What Is It Costing at Your House?, July 17, 2008
Have you ever stopped to consider the many electronic devices in your home using electricity - even when you are not using them? Laptop computers, answering machines, cell phone chargers, microwave ovens, power tools, electronic game systems, and even electric toothbrushes and shavers are drawing electricity all the time unless they are unplugged or shut off with a power strip. All those plugged-in, instant-on devices can add up on your electric bill. It's sometimes referred to as "phantom load."
Here are some tips to reduce phantom load at your house:
Source: ConsumerNews - WMECO