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Can New Power Strips Really Save You Money?

by On Feb 17 2017

There have never been more or better options for home entertainment than we enjoy today. From 4K TVs and streaming boxes to DVRs, gaming consoles, and sound bars, our home gadgets pump out more light and sound than we could have imagined just a few years ago. Many homes these days have multiple TVs and computers, each connected to various devices. While these wonderful electronics are packed with features that help entertain us or make us more productive, the energy consumed by all these gadgets in our homes can add up to nearly 10 percent of a household’s monthly electric bill! One issue is that many people forget to turn off their devices when they aren’t using them. After all, your TV must be ready at all times to respond to your remote control’s command to turn on—that takes electricity. In this way, a lot of electronics continue to draw power even after they’ve been turned off, wasting energy in the form of “vampire loads.”

The easiest way to prevent this power leeching is to unplug all of your electronics when they aren’t being used. That’s too much hassle for most of us, however. Fortunately, there’s another convenient and low-cost solution. Replacing your conventional power strips with advanced power strips (APS) can help reduce the electricity wasted when your electronic devices are idle without your having to plug in and unplug your electronics every time you want to use them.

APSs are designed specifically for home entertainment centers and home office areas, where there are typically many consumer electronics plugged into a power strip. Advanced power strips work by preventing electronics from drawing power when they are off or not being used. There are a variety of different types of APSs to fit different people’s needs. For example, if you often fall asleep when watching TV at night, an activity-monitor APS can turn everything off for you. Or, if you are always diligent about turning all your electronics off when you aren’t using them but are concerned about the lingering vampire power draw, a masterless APS can make sure that everything is completely off.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory put together a helpful infographic to help illustrate all the different types of APSs that are available to help you save energy. If you’re interested in saving money by paying less for electricity, make the switch to Discount Power today! We offer customers across Texas great rates and great service—simple. Visit our promotions page to find out how much you can save on your first month’s bill just by making the switch!