Is it really worth unplugging everything when it is not being used? How much does a phantom load really pull?

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Is it really worth unplugging everything when it is not being used? How much does a phantom load really pull?

Asked by Sally Perkins

I know there is a trickle but how much are we talking per item?

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Susan Aiello's picture

Phantom load is considerable, especially for electronics. The "trickle" is 24/7. You don't need to unplug everything. Your computers and related equipment should be on power strips, anyway, for their own protection, and turning off the switch eliminates the phantom load from those devices. The same thing works for TVs and their related equipment. Microwave ovens can create considerable phantom load, and should be unplugged when not in use.