Your guide to energy efficient power stripsIt used to be that in each house, there were only a few things that needed to be plugged into electrical outlets. Today, however, the number of devices and appliances in our households has skyrocketed. TVs, kitchen appliances, washers, dryers, refrigerators, phone chargers, computers – the list goes on and on.

All of these products have become central to our daily lives. But keeping all of these things running is a key contributor to our monthly energy bills. Fortunately, there’s a simple and low-cost solution available for us to manage all of these products: Power strips.

And not just any power strips – today there are many different models that promote energy efficiency and help homeowners save money. Here are a few top options out of the wide variety of energy efficient power strips on the market.

Timer power strips

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, timer power strips can help you save energy by turning on and off based on a preset digital or dial timer. It’s easy to forget to turn off your power strips, and this takes the human element out of the equation.

Be careful though: As the NREL pointed out, the drawback of these power strips is that you must stick to the schedule you’ve set if you want to get the most out of these. Additionally, you don’t want the strips turning your things off just because your routine changed for a day or so.

Motion sensor power strips

Motion sensor strips, otherwise known as “activity-monitoring strips”, will turn on when they detect motion in the room, and off when there is an extended period of inactivity, GreenBuilder wrote.

Again, these power strips mean that you don’t have to worry about remembering to shut them off manually, saving you energy and money. The one drawback is that motion sensors aren’t perfect, and don’t always pick up on the true level of activity in the room.

Masterless or master-controlled power strips

With a masterless strip, when all of the devices connected to it are turned off, the strip turns itself off. This eliminates “vampire loads,” where the devices continue to draw power even though they’re off.

On a master-controlled strip, there is one “master” device that controls the whole strip. For example, if a TV is plugged into the “master device outlet” on the strip, then turning it on or off will turn the whole strip on or off in conjunction with it. This makes controlling an entire entertainment center easy because you don’t have to turn everything on and off individually.

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