A phantom load is a small drain of energy used by a device that is plugged in but not turned on. All wall-wart chargers are guilty of this. TV, Stereo, Laptops, Desktops are larger consumers of standby current. It is recommended that you unplug chargers when not in use to save the energy. It may be only a tiny amount but look around the house and add up all the chargers you have plugged in. Of course you are not going to go around plugging and unplugging devices when you need them so here’s a simple and cheap way of reducing phantom power loads on your energy bill. Use a cheap 24Hour timer. Set it to turn off devices that will not be used when you are not around. For example: I set my laptop timer to turn off at 11:00 when I usually go to be and back on at 11:00 am. This easily cuts the phantom power usage by 50%. Even when the laptop is off it still uses 4 Watts of power. Do this for other things that don’t have to be powered up or in standby mode for many hours. A Watt saved is a Watt earned.