There are many studies that have shown that you can save quite a bit of money by simply shutting down your devices and gadgets that are always consuming power, no matter if you are using them or not. It's not always as easy as this, because we tend to forget after a while. In order to save money consistently, you need to be very diligent.
The EDF Energy Saving Adapter was created by French designer Gilles Belley, who worked in collaboration with the EDF design department. This system displays the wasted energy very clearly. This happens during standby mode. The system will illuminate depending on the amount of electricity wasted by a device.
The home owner can then decide what to do with the device: either shut it down completely or wait three minutes. After that amount of time, the EDF Energy Saving Adapter will shut down the device automatically. On top of that, the EDF adapter can be used to organize your tangled web of wires that always seem to be skulking under your desks.
This is an elegant solution, but for now it's not available in stores. What can you do about this right now? Well, it's been shown that any sort of energy monitoring can save you up to 30% per year in power, so all you really need to do is to be aware of what is consuming power in your home. Things like getting a programmable digital thermostat will help a lot. Also, just powering down your computer and getting a power bar with a on/off switch will let you power down multiple devices simply and effectively, without spending a cent.