Four Ways an Advanced Power Strip Saves Money
September 28, 2017
Over time, our electronics have become increasingly complex through technological innovation. Some of our favorite electronics, like TVs, have advanced from bulky, antenna-topped devices to sleek, Wi-Fi enabled units. We’ve also raced to purchase new devices, like gaming systems and surround-sound speakers, as they’ve hit the market. Until recently, however, the power strips we plug these electronics into have remained relatively unchanged. It is only within the past decade that power strips finally started catching up to their complementary electronics, thanks to the introduction of Advanced Power Strips (APS).
Advanced power strips, which include both “Tier 1” and “Tier 2” models, have many similarities to standard power strips, but offer some key advantages. Not only do advanced power strips have sleeker designs, but they also provide added convenience and save you on energy costs. Just how does upgrading your power strip save you money? Check out these four ways:
- Improved Surge Protection – Advanced power strips provide state-of-the-art surge protection to safeguard your favorite devices from electrical spikes. That means you won’t need to worry about having to repair or replace your electronics because of a power surge.
- Reduction in Standby Power Loss – Many electronics continue to use energy even when they’re turned off. This is because electronics often contain components, like LED indicator lights, that will continue to draw energy even after you’ve powered down the device. An advanced power strip can prevent this energy waste, referred to as standby power loss, by cutting off all power to electronics, and their supporting devices, when they’re not in use. To make sure that devices that need to remain on at all times, such as cable boxes or DVRs, are not shut off, advanced power strips include separate “always-on” outlets.
- Reduction in Active Energy Waste – The main difference between a Tier 1 and Tier 2 advanced power strip is that the latter has an IR sensor to detect motion in your room. When no motion is detected for a set period of time – such as when you fall asleep watching TV or leave the living room without powering down your gaming system – the Tier 2 APS will automatically shut off idle electronics and their supporting devices. By avoiding both standby power loss and active energy waste, a Tier 2 APS can provide double the energy-savings compared to a Tier 1 APS.
- Lifetime Warranty – Most advanced power strips come with a lifetime warranty, so you’ll never have to worry about purchasing a replacement.
You’ve upgraded your electronics over the years, so why not your power strip? Check out the infographic below to learn about the Tier 2 advanced power strip, the most technologically advanced power strip available today.
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