Many of our home devices are wasting electricity when they are consuming power in standby mode.Â Some of these gadgets donâ€™t even have an on/off switch and you have to unplug it or connect it to a power strip that you can turn off.
It might only be a few watts, but add up all of the phantom power consumed in your home and you might be motivated to find a way to save electricity costs. Some estimates put the power usage of standby devices at ten percent of total consumption. Heat generated from devices can limit their lifespan and require your air conditioning systems to work harder.
The solution? Reduce your carbon footprint and your power bill by turning off standby devices whenever possible.
While there are automatic shutdown sockets available, the BugPlug solves the problem of leaking electricity in a fun and attractive package.
This innovative little bug will help you save on electricity drains of stand-by devices, turning them off when youâ€™re not in the room. Polish design team Ah&Oh Studio, Magda Kalek andÂ Kamil Jerzykowski, created the Bug Plug for the 2009 Greener Gadget Competition.
The design was influenced by urban vinyl toys and features motion sensors built in to the two antennaes. When you enter the room the BugPlug is monitoring, it powers on the devices that you have connected to it. The BugPlug has a detachable power cord that can be used with a variety of plugs.
When you leave the room, the timer powers off the devices after a period of time that you configure. Adjust the timer in the BugPlugâ€™s belly button for up to thirty minutes after the BugPlug notices there is nobody in the room.
Until the BugPlug goes into production, there are a wide variety of products available that include automatic shutdown features and timers. I found several options on Amazon, including surge protectors and devices with built-in timers, by searching keywords: automatic shutdown, auto shut-off
What are you doing in your home and office to reduce energy consumption from standby devices?