Phantom loads are what happens when you leave electronic devices plugged in when they are not in use. Even if you do not have your electronics turned on, they are still putting out an electric charge. These phantom loads can be prevented with a few simple changes.
In this tutorial from About.com, learn how to reduce your electric bill by eliminating phantom loads. Unplug appliances when they are not being used, including clocks, radios, TVs, cell phone chargers..anything that requires a plug in a wall outlet. By unplugging these devices, you will reduce your energy output, save money and help the planet a little bit each day.