This actually is about something you can buy that will save you money the first day you start using it and you never have to worry about it again. It could possibly cut your electric bill by quite a bit of money while at the same time help curb global warming. What could it possibly be?
It’s the Smart Strip power strip that I recently bought and installed in my office here at home. I used to have to a. remember to turn the power strip off and b. dig through 75 miles of cable under the desk to do so. But I saw this online and thought it was a great idea, and then my wife said they featured it on Oprah, so what the heck, we bought one.
You plug stuff in like any other power strip, but the difference is that some of the outlets are controlled by one main outlet. So here in my office, I plugged my computer into the main outlet, and plugged the monitor, printer and speakers into the controlled outlet. When I turn my computer off, the power strip automatically shuts off all power to the computer and the controlled devices, so there isn’t any phantom power going to them. Up to 40% of your monthly electric bill is due to phantom power, devices using electricity while they are “off”. This is a good way to stop this.
No, this is not a paid review or anything else like that. I just like the idea of spending a few bucks to save a lot of bucks, without any effort. I think we are going to get one of these for our television set up now. I figured I would let anyone know that doesn’t know about these things along with letting them know about how much energy and money phantom power uses in your house when you aren’t looking. See? Told you you could save money without doing anything…well, after you buy one that is…you can find them at Amazon or a bunch of other places. They are called the “SMART STRIP Smart Power Strip” if you start looking for one. Of course, you can use a regular old power strip, which we don everywhere else in the house right now. But it has made things easier here in my office as I no longer have to crawl around under there trying to find the power button!