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Black out to phantom power, and like there's nothing on. - Something On.
No, I'm not talking about one of the best albums ever made (by The Tragically Hip), but rather the phenomenon known as phantom (also known as standby or vampiric) power. Phantom power is when a machine draws an electrical current even when it is in the "off" position, when technically it's in the "standby" position. This can run you upwards of $10 a month! And if you're a cheap SOB like myself, that's a lot of money that can be saved.
So, this Christmas, buy yourself a present. Get a few power strips or extension cords with an "on/off" switch. Then, hook up all your equipment which goes into standby mode (and you don't want/need it to) and flip the switch to "off" when you're done with them. Not only will you be saving yourself some of your hard earned cash, you'll be cutting down on your electrical use which in turn plays a role in helping the environment.
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I actually saved a couple of bucks a month by unplugging my printer and Xbox 360 when not it use. They are vampires and those huge power bricks attached to them draw a fair amount of power when not running. Another trick of the trade is you can set a timer on your hot water heater that runs during the week to kill power to it while you aren't home. Or if you are a baller with a tankless hot water heater then you have no concerns.
I have a couple of power strips that are triggered by the power from an appliance that's turned on. For instance, my DVD/Roku don't get power unless I turn the TV on, and when I turn TV off, they are automatically powered down. Have one on computer for monitor/USB hub etc. The amazing thing is that i could totally tell in my electric bill after 1 month. In 2 months, the strips paid for themselves (they were ~$20 a piece on amazon).
Tankless water heaters rock! It takes mine about 30 seconds to get hot in the Flroida winter though :(
British power outlets usually have off switches right on the plate, next to the holes - like this. I've often wondered why this awesome idea isn't used in North America.
Cath, I think your image hoster disabled hot linking.
I'm not sure what that means. When I click the link, it takes me to the image, which is what I intended to do - is it not working for everyone? I use Firefox if that helps
Yeah Cath, when I click on the image link I gets: Internal Server Error.
Weird - it's still working for me. Sorry about that. Try this, or if that fails, try a Google images search for british power socket :)
Yep, that worked and I like it. Didn't see anything like this when I was rewiring my master bedroom, though if I had I would have seriously considered it!