Power Strips

The benefits of surge protectors and power outlet strips

You may not realize it, but your computer, television, computer printer and DVD player don't completely stop using electricity when they're turned off. The vast majority of electrical appliances continue to draw what is known as an idle electrical current, even when they're not in use. While the wattage drawn during this idling process is usually quite small, some appliances draw as much or nearly as much power when they're idling as they do when they're running. The solution? Save money on your electrical bill by using power strips.

Power outlet strips are available for the home, for the office and for industrial applications. These simple accessories allow many different devices to be consolidated into a single plug, which can cut down significantly on the amount of power you use.

How Power Outlet Strips Work

As mentioned, appliances continue to draw idle electrical current even when they're switched off, and the only way to stop this energy wastage is to unplug the appliance. However, it can be tedious, to say the least, to unplug and re-plug each and every appliance in your home whenever you want to use it.

Power strips provide a solution; by housing several different outlets on a single bar, which itself has but a single plug that provides power to everything plugged into the strip, you eliminate the need to unplug appliances individually. Instead, all you need to do is unplug or re-plug the power strip and you're good to go. They can be as effective as dimmer switches in helping you cut down on electricity you don't really need to use.

Types of Power Strips

Home power strips are fairly compact, but industrial power strips are much larger and come with additional features such as power surge protection. You can also get power strips with surge suppressors and surge protectors for home use, but these are generally only necessary if you're running several consumption-heavy appliances on a single power outlet strip.

Some estimates suggest that as much as 75 percent off all the power used by electrical devices is consumed when the appliance is not actually in use. It's easy to see how curbing your energy consumption with the help of power outlet strips can also save you quite a bit of money in the long run.

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