Phantom electrical usage is the term coined for elctrical usage by appliances when not in use. Unplug your appliances and electronic devices from power outlets and save money on your electric bill and save a significant amount of energy. Some energy wasters in people's homes are the chargers of cell phones, digital cameras, music players, and power tools. Unplug these adapters and electronics (televisions, DVD players, computers, microwaves, lights, entertainment systems, toasters and blenders) after using them.
These chargers and appliances draw power whenever they're plugged into an outlet, regardless of whether the appliance is fully charged or even connected.
If you unplug just ONE major appliance when not in use, you could save upto twenty dollars a year. Think how much you could save if you unplugged all of them! There are extensions and adapters available that elimate phantom usage when appliances are turned off, consider them if unplugging is difficult or inconvenient.