Switch Off Your Lights and Surge Protectors for Earth Hour

beklin-switchoffMost home electronics continue to use energy, even when you’ve turned them off. This wasted energy is known as Standby Power, which adds up fast. Standby Power impacts not only the environment, but also your electricity bill, as it can account for up to 10% of your household power consumption.

  • Consider turning off your surge protectors to eliminate standby power.

  • Most home electronics continue to use energy, even when you’ve turned them off.
  • This wasted energy is called “standby power,” which adds up fast and impacts the environment.
  • Belkin’s Conserve Energy-Saving Surge Protector makes it easy for you to reduce this standby power.

On Saturday, March 28, when you switch off your lights as part of the Earth Hour initiative, consider this: did you know that you could save even more energy by also turning off your surge protectors?


By turning off your surge protectors, you eliminate standby power. Standby power, also known as phantom power or vampire power:

  • Is the wasted energy that devices consume while turned off, but still plugged into a power outlet; and
  • Applies to numerous electronics, such as TVs, computers, gaming consoles, and various other devices, including battery chargers for phones.


  • The U.S. Department of Energy estimates standby power losses in the average household to be as much as 20% of household electricity use.

The Belkin Conserve Energy-Saving 8-Outlet Surge Protector (BG108000 – $49.99) and its wireless remote control make it simple to cut back on this wasteful standby power, helping you reduce energy consumption, save on energy bills, and lower your overall impact on the environment.

  • Conserve’s wireless remote control keeps you from having to reach below desks, behind home theater equipment, or around furniture to easily access inconvenient places where surge protectors usually sit.
  • Belkin Conserve Energy-Saving 8-Outlet Surge Protector

  • With this handy remote control, you can completely shut off the power to devices that consume standby power, such as TVs or computer monitors, when you are done using them.
  • Two “Always On” outlets allow you to leave on devices that typically need to, such as your alarm or DVR.

Source: Belkin

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