01.Ecoswitch first look
It's a simple idea: when not using your electrical products, turn the power off in one go to reduce your carbon footprint and electricity costs. Ecoswitch claims to encourage this by making the process easier.
This device is designed to sit between a wall socket and a power board. It has a switch that can be attached to a wall or left in an easy-to-reach place so you don't have to bend over or reach behind furniture to turn off the power. It even has a handy light, so you can find it in the dark. Although this light obviously requires some power, the energy usage is very low - according to CHOICE’s measurements - and easily compensated for should the switch be used to turn off a number of electrical appliances that would otherwise be left on standby for long periods. The light also goes off when you turn off the power on your appliances.
There are two downsides to the Ecoswitch:
• If you don't use it as intended, and instead leave everything on, it becomes just another appliance using a small amount of power in your home.
• Turning off some appliances can mean you have to set clocks or redo settings every time you turn them back on. The Ecoswitch website does address this issue, quite rightly asking you to consider how many of your appliances really need to be on all the time – after all, you can put critical ones on a different power source.
While the value of the product is based on the presumption that you'll continue to use it, turning several electrical appliances off at the wall can save you money and will reduce the power used when those products would otherwise be in standby. Ecoswitch is a relatively cheap and simple product that can help you save money and energy.