Belkin Conserve Socket™ Power Timer
According to the 2005 Intrusive Residential
Standby Survey Report, the standby electricity consumption of an average
Australian household is 807 kWh each year which is equivalent to around
$180 per year of wasted energy. This figure is for the average
household and given that we are being more reliant on electrical
products, this will total will definitely be increasing over the years.
However by turning off electrical products
at the wall, there is a significant saving to be found. For example, by switching off the
washing machine at the wall, an average household can save up to $14 per
year which may not seem a lot but given that there are more electrical
products connected in home, the savings could be quite significant when
Then again, turning all your
appliances off at the wall can be a daunting and frustrating task
which is where the Conserve Socket™ Power Timer from Belkin comes into
affordably priced device looks like a standard double adapter but upon
further investigation, it has been designed to reduce the amount of
standby power for electrical devices. The idea of the Conserve Socket™ Power
Timer is to plug
it into the mains and then connect a device that uses standby such as a
washing machine, fan, mobile phone charger or some other device like your TV in the bedroom.
You'd be quite surprised at how many devices uses standby power.
Once you have installed the Conserve Socket™ Power Time into the mains, you simply plug
in the electrical device of choice and then select one of three settings on the unit. These
settings include 30 minutes, 3 hours or 6 hours. When the device reaches
the allocated time, it will automatically shut off.
This means that
your electrical device will not be using any standby power and in
essence will be saving you money in the long run. It's also ideal for items that need
to be manually turned off such as irons or hair straighteners. If some
of these items are left on, they could burn out the product or even
cause fires. The Conserve Socket™ Power Time would prevent this
This is one device
that we could happily recommend to everyone because of its versatile nature
and more importantly, the potential to save you money and even prevent
hazards in your home. For a recommended retail price of around $19.95
(March 2011), this is money well spent.
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