Smart Power Strips to Cut Down On Power

Smart Power Strips to Cut Down On Power

Range Govindan
Mar 8, 2010

If there's one thing that we hate, it's wasting power with vampire transformer sucking in electricity even if devices aren't plugged in. There's just a lot of wasted energy, which can be saved if you find a solution to managing your power cords effectively. Here are a few solutions to cut down on those power-sucking cords.

One of the simplest ways to do so is to simply unplug your power strip each and every time the devices aren't in use. This can become problematic if they aren't easily reachable. Most power strips are tucked away underneath desks, or when used in a cable management system, barely accessible. We've come up with two new ways of cutting down on your power levels. One is cheap while the other one is expensive. However, the more expensive one comes with quite a few perks, making it a good buy if this is what you are looking for.

Woods Industry 6 Outlet Power Strip
We like this foot controlled power-strip, which lets you simply turn off the power when you get up by using your foot. It's a very smart and simply idea. The Woods Industry 6 Outlet Power Strip will cost you $13 over at Amazon and will make managing some of your power cords very easy. A simple tap of the foot and it's off. [via Lifehacker]

Monster Energy Efficient Power Strips
This rather big power strip from Monster is an updated version which features GreenPower, to cut down on stand-by energy waste, and RF remote controlled outlets, which can be easily turned off with the remote. This is the HDP 1400G and it will save quite a bit of power thanks to its cool features. This one is designed for your home theater system in mind. All of the devices still consume power while they are plugged in. Naturally, this also comes with smart surge protection, which will unplug the power when it reaches unsafe levels. It even sounds an alarm when this happens. If any of your devices are damaged by power surges while plugged into this power strip, Monster will replace up to $500,000 worth of your equipment! Now that demonstrates how confident Monster is in their product.

All these features don't come cheap. The HDP 1400G is available for $280 directly from Monster. We really like the warranty. A lot of people have lost something to power surges. It's kind of amazing that by plugging your devices into this thing, you get Monster's guarantee on all of them.

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