Advantages Saves more electricity every time you turn your PC off
Disadvantages Longish pay-back period might put you off trying to save the planet
We're all being exalted to turn something electrical off, such as making sure that TVs really are off, not just on stand-by. Apparently, we could light Slough if we remember, so in the interests of aesthetics, feel free to leave the TV on. (I only pick Slough because I was born there, so no-one can accuse me of slagging-off 'their' home town - although I was tempted by Rotherham).In fact the slogan 'Find Something To Turn Off (© Billynibbles 2006)' can't be far from the government's lips, even if I did think of it first. It's a pity that Sky couldn't turn over one of their 'shopping channels' to a 'green' channel that shows the nation's total electricity meter spinning round, especially in winter when we come within a gnat's scrotum of power cuts - mind you, the motto 'Find Something To Turn Off' could lead to our turning Sky itself off - I have, permanently.
One 'really good' way of wasting of electricity these days, is to leave the plethora of mains charger/adapter units that come as an adjunct to modern day life all consuming small amounts of current even once the attached appliance is no longer wanted. What with mobile phones and iPods, it's almost as if we all have rechargeable life support systems to ease our passage through the cruel outside world.A case in point is my PC's LCD monitor - no amount of turning it off at desk level will actually stop it using at least some juice down at the plug point, lurking ominously amongst the asthmatic dust bunnies under my desk.
Allied to my PC alone, I find two printers, a monitor, a scanner, a set of powered speakers, a modem and a wireless router; not one of them capable of being turned off properly at desk level with a proper on/off switch. No, everything has to switch to stand-by these days, unless you yank the mains cords from them.I bought a mains current meter a while back (Why doesn't that surprise you?), so I KNOW that this lot can consume 90 watts even without the PC running. 90 watts! That's enough to light the little room they're in, which incidentally is being lit by an 11 watt economy bulb. The major culprit is my laser printer, which insists on keeping itself warm in case it's wanted.
Of course, I could turn the whole lot off in one fell swoop just by unplugging the multi-way adapter into which they're all plugged, but it's so easy to forget, and I'm not the only one around here to forget to do it either!AT LAST, I GET TO MY (PLUG) POINT
This is where the OneClick 'Intellipanel' 6-way ganged adapter comes in.Not only does it allow for the plugging in of six appliances subject to a total load of 13 amps but it does something rather clever too.
By plugging a 'master appliance' into the marked socket - it's black to avoid any confusion, it will only switch on the other 5 outlets if it detects that the master is in use. Hence, you switch on your PC, for example, and the maximum of five other peripherals get lit up too. Even better, within 5 seconds of turning off your PC, they also get switched off, which is my main (no pun intended) point.
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