06 Sep '11, 6pm

Policing Your Power-Hungry Appliances

Before they leave the house, my friends in England literally pull the plugs on many of their appliances. Belkin Plug an appliance into Belkin’s Insight monitor, and the Insight into an outlet, and you’ll get a dynamic reading of the power consumed and the costs. Perhaps it’s a vestigial reflex from the old days, when Victorian houses still had less-than-safe 220-volt lines tacked to the walls. But for whatever reason, when we’re off to the pub in Hertfordshire, the plugs to the television, electric teakettle and other power-hungry products are yanked before we go. This plug-pulling has a side benefit as well, given that many appliances draw power even when they’re ostensibly off. Pull the plug and you might save a few bucks (or quid) over the year. Belkin, the computer accessories manufacturer, is hoping to drive this point home with a line of power-conserving and monitori...

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