Bury the Vampires

Friday 28th September 2012

Today we bring you another plug in power saver, but this product is a little different in its purpose - that is, it controls the power to accessories or peripheries plugged into the TV or PC.

TVs and PCs peripheries are notorious for being vampires - that is using “vampire power”. Even though you have turned off your TV or computer the accessories continue to trickle power even though on standby - with estimates that standby power can contribute between 5-10% of electricity bills.

The TrickleStar TrickleSaver stops these ‘vampires’ - driving a stake in the heart of the problem by shutting off amplifiers, satellite receivers, games consoles, printers etc.

The TV TrickleSaver has inbuilt current sensing circuitry to sense when a TV is on or off. When the TV is switched on the product will switch on all peripheral devices. Conversely when the TV is Off, the product will switch off all accessories, saving standby power. 

The PC TrickleSaver is slightly different, possibly saving even more energy. Like the TV unit it ensures that PC accessories are switched off when the PC is off, but often you do not require the PC peripherals to be on when you are using your computer, so the PC TrickleSaver allows you to manually switch PC accessory devices On/Off and to supply power to the devices as and when required. This significantly reduces the amount of vampire power consumed when the computer is on.

Both products are easy to install, providing simple automation to reduce wasteful standby power consumption.

There is one warning regarding the TV TrickleSaver, certain manufacturers of set-top boxes, which have Hard Disk Drive (HDD) functionality, do not recommend hard switching off of their products as programming and software updates are typically downloaded when set-top boxes are in standby mode.

So this weekend, why not check out the TrickleSaver and save energy and money off your utility bill.

Categories: General, Reviews, Technology

Friday 28th September 2012


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