Use Standby Power Controllers for Energy Sucking Devices

A Standby Power Controller may be eligible for your ACT household under the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme. Click here for their website.

What does a standby power controller do?

A standby power controller (SPC) reduces power used in standby mode by completely switching off appliances plugged into certain power sockets, such as printers, scanners, DVD players, gaming devices. If the SPC unit does not sense any signals from the remote controls it will switch the appliances plugged in off.

Their are two main types of standby power controllers – for audio visual and for information technology appliances.  The audio visual SPCs are designed to be connected to televisions, and other audio visual devices, for example DVD players, gaming consoles. Information technology SPCs are designed for computers and similar type applications.

Home appliances that are left powered up when not in use can suck up a lot of energy. According to these are the top 5 energy sucking vampire appliances.
  1. The T.V. Plasma TVs can use over 1400 kW hours annually. LCD screens also waste energy although not as much. You definitely want to turn these off. Or change to LED T.V.s.
  2. Video Games: Game consoles, for example, Playstation, Xbox and Wii can waste around 230 kW hours a year. If you don’t want to unplug a box, appliances can often have a second off switch at the back.
  3. Laptop. It is far more energy conscious to unplug your laptop. Even if it is fully charged it is using energy from the wall.
  4. DVD player.  If left on all the time even when you are not using DVD players can eventually waste around 78 kilowatts a year.
  5. Cell phone chargers. This is not huge, however when you leave it plugged in all the time and add it to the others it all adds up. They are easy to unplug or turn it off at the wall.

There is a number of Standby Power Controllers to choose from: Do your research and check out the reviews.  Another alternative to using one of these devices is a simply a power board with an off switch.



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