Energy-saving gadgets

Green gizmos to help you cut monthly bills and save energy

Standby plug

This clever little multi-plug adaptor costs around £16 and takes the hassle out of switching all your electrical equipment off at the wall.

This clever little multi-plug adaptor costs around £16 and takes the hassle out of switching all your electrical equipment off at the wall.

 

Plug your computer into the master socket, and anything connected to the other sockets will be turned off when you shut down or switch off.

They will be turned on again when you fire up your computer.

The standby plug works with hi-fi, TVs, energy-hungry set-top boxes and other appliances.

A cheaper, if a little more inconvenient, option would be to spend a few seconds to turn everything off at the wall. Use a multi-socket adaptor and you could shave seconds off by only needing to flick one switch. e-cube

This helps regulate the amount of energy your fridge uses. 

The e-cube allows the fridge's thermostat to judge when to switch on by the temperature of the food rather than the air in the fridge – which warms up every time you open the door.

That way the fridge keeps food at the right temperature, but uses less energy to do so.

Tests in hotels and supermarkets, where fridge doors are opened frequently, have shown energy savings of up to 30%. With 87 million fridges in the UK, such savings could add up.

 

Bye Bye Standby

 

A device that allows you turn off standby buttons by remote control, helping to make sure you turn everything off.

Its makers estimate it can save 10% of electricity bills, reducing emissions as well. Intelliplugs™ do a similar job, turning off stereos, computers and other plugged in accessories at the flick of a switch.

This article is based on an extract from Friends of the Earth's book How Can I Stop Climate Change?

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