Using Power Strips to Reduce Energy Costs

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Every house has a power strip — but the important thing is, not all are created equal! Marin Goldstein from the Center for EcoTechnology showed us the right ways to use power strips and told us why they can help reduce your energy costs.

Not all power strips are the same, how to use them to reduce your energy costs

No-Cost Home Energy Assessment
Mass Save Rebates and Incentives May Include:
Air Sealing and Insulation
Infrared Testing
Combustion Safety Testing

For more information call 866-527-SAVE (7283).

Standard power strip, 6-8 plugs with an on/off switch
All outlets are surge protected to varying amounts of amps
All outlets have single power switch that you must manually turn on/off

Vampire load
Leaving peripheral plugs (chargers etc) on all day costs you $$
Appliances with clocks are another example of 24/7 energy draws
When plugged into a power strip, you don’t have to unplug each and every one – just turn switch off

Smart strips (newer and generally cost a bit more)
More complicated and sometimes not used properly, still have switch to turn on/off

often red, always on unless you turn power strip off

this single device controls the power to the switched outlets, determining if they get power based on whether or not the “control” applicance (computer/TV) is drawing power

usually between 3-4 outlets, power to these outlets is entirely determined by the “control” outlet. Therefore if the control is on, then power will also be provided to these outlets, but if the control TV or computer is turned off, then they automatically turn off. The switched outlets are great. If TV, then it turns off your DVD/VHS player, you game console and extra speakers. If computer, it will turn off the speakers, printer, and screen. This is automatic you no more unplugging or switching off each and every power user, just turn off the “control” appliance and you instantly start saving.

Energy efficiency is obviously an important action to take to reduce our energy costs, as well as health and environment impacts. What else can people do?
By participating in the Mass Save program, as a part of their no-cost Home Energy Assessment, you may be eligible for ISMs (Instant Saving Measures) like a smart power strip, LEDs and CFL light bulbs with the average home gets about 20 bulbs – imagine the savings

BUT, Mass Save program offers so much more, the energy specialist who comes to your home may see that you are eligible for additional insulation and air sealing at little or no cost to the home owner. These energy efficiency measures will make a huge difference in reducing your heating bills as well as increase the comfort of your home. Call today before the fall season gets busy, because it is nothing like getting that first fall heating bill to make people look for ways to reduce their costs. Call CET and we’ll help you get started today.


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