submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar
Standby power, vampire power, phantom load, ghost electricity, leaking electricity. These are all terms used to describe wasted energy that most people are entirely unaware that they are wasting. Standby power refers to the energy that electronics put out when they are plugged in, but not turned on or being used.
When your microwave isn’t being used, it’s still using power.
Your phone charger that is plugged in 24/7—that’s a culprit, too. Every electronic attached to the wall all day is adding dollars to your electric bill and wasting precious energy.