Combating phantom load is easy. All you have to do is turn off your computer, monitors, printers and other devices when they're not in use. If charging units are not being used, be sure to unplug them from your outlets. You may also want to consider power strips that allow you to control which devices draw power directly from the strip itself.
Eliminating wasteful draws on electricity can have a big impact:
Devices that draw around 20 watts in stand-by mode may add up to a couple of dollars a month to your electric bill1.
A typical American home has forty products constantly drawing power2.
Phantom loads equate to almost 10% of residential electricity use2.
Be especially conscious of these wasteful culprits2:
Digital picture frames
Large screen televisions
DVD players, video game systems and other home theater components