Standby energy can cost more than you think, both in terms of increased electricity bills and greenhouse gas emissions. The Ecoswitch proposes a simple solution: when you're 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.
Let's take a look at the pros and cons of this nifty device.
What an electric idea!
The Ecoswitch 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 fumble around blindly behind furniture to turn off the power.
The device even has a handy light, so you can find it in the dark. Although this light obviously requires some power, CHOICE found that it only uses a very small amount of energy, easily balanced out if it's 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 actually 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 reset some functional settings every time you turn them back on. If you need to, you can put critical appliances on a different power source.
The value of the product is based on the presumption that you'll continue to use it. But turning several electrical appliances off at the wall will 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, if you use it the way it's intended to be used.