As peoples’ offices have moved from corporate buildings to their living rooms, power strips have become a household staple. These appliances allow you to power your multiple devices simultaneously, but they can also be responsible for excessive energy use. Phantom loads explain the idea that energy is being used when a device is plugged in, even when powered off. These phantom loads account for 5-10% of the average household’s energy consumption.
People tend to leave their devices plugged in for longer when they use power strips, but is the added convenience worth wasting energy? Though power strips use less energy than direct outlets, there is still a better option. Rather than trying to remember to unplug your devices at every work break, let smart power strips do heavy lifting. These devices sense when an appliance’s power consumption decreases and shuts of the electricity streaming from that specific outlet. Surge detectors and motion detectors are now integrated into some smart power strips to simplify your use even further. These devices typically cost around $30, just a fraction of the potential gain you will see through reduced energy bills over time.
Smart power strips should be in any outlet that powers a device that is responsible for a high degree of phantom loads or multiple devices. Some devices responsible for high energy consumption include televisions, video game consoles, desktop computers, printers, and phone chargers. Avoid lofty energy bills while simultaneously helping the environment by opting for this affordable alternative to conventional power strips.
By Lauren Allen