Want to know how much energy a typical appliance uses? Check out the chart below. The costs displayed are approximations based on cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Actual costs may vary.
What is phantom load?
Any appliance that has a light, clock, or remote control uses electricity even when it’s not being used. Often the power switch simply puts the appliance into standby mode. Phantom load is the electricity it draws while still plugged in, because the unit is not truly “off.” You can save energy by unplugging appliances or by plugging them into power strips that can be switched off when not in use.
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