Why Don't US Outlets Have Built-In On/Off Switches?

Why Don't US Outlets Have Built-In On/Off Switches?

Cambria Bold
Mar 9, 2010

Q: I just got back from Australia, where all of our outlets had built-in on-off switches. I know you've addressed these (a bit) before, but why don't we have these in the States? I've googled my heart out, but nothing comes up.

Sent by Michelle

Editor: Michelle, good question! Apparently these smarter outlets are very common in Europe, too. This article from Grist seems to indicate that while the US seems to offer many other energy-saving alternatives, like power strips and plugs with on/off switches, there doesn't seem to be what many would consider the simplest option: a smart outlet.

We don't know why. Does anyone else know?

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