I am a multi-tasker at the core, but parenthood forces you to take the skill to entirely new level. Between the constant chatterbox that is my toddler, the fried pregnancy brain that is overflowing with hormones and the general scatter-brained tendency my personality lends itself to – I am a walking pile of forgetfulness. I’m basically useless. And, that’s okay. I rely on lists that stretch from here to Timbuktu, brightly flagged emails, alarms beeping at regular intervals for a variety of events and an answering machine that routinely has messages left from me to myself. It all helps me round up the loose ends and stay on the road without skipping too many stops or off-ramps.
When you take all this into account, it’s no wonder that I get really excited over a product that thinks for itself and does the work without requiring any effort or brainpower on my part. My latest find is the EcoStrip. It’s a power strip that is both a surge protector and a power saver. You might have heard the term “vampire electronics” that refers to devices that suck electricity even when their power switches are turned off. The reference to the nocturnal bloodsuckers alludes to the fact that they are usually not being used at night and owners forget about the electrical requirements.
EcoStrip takes care of your vampire electronics in one easy device. The latest model, the EcoStrip 2.0, acts like a normal power strip and surge protector, but shuts off power to all your computers peripherals when the computer is turned off. In an electronic world that’s growing at a staggering pace, it completely eliminates the need to turn off all the switches when you are done with the computer. Sometimes this is upwards of a dozen switches. The strip is USB controlled and tied into your computer’s power setting.
We added the EcoStrip to our desktop computer set up in May. I have noticed a small change in our electrical bill when I compare it to the usage last year during the same month. It’s not a huge financial savings, but it must be taken into account that it’s a completely hands-off approach to saving electricity. The strips cost around $35 and have posted an average savings of up to $100 per year on electricity. If we are only saving $3 per month – but I estimate that it’s closer to $5 – the strip has paid for itself in less than one year. I saved money I didn’t know I had spent and stopped using electricity I didn’t need or know I was using.
The EcoStrip is a perfect device for today’s day and age. We live in an electronics world and between the batteries and the seemingly endless standby electrical usage – every little bit counts. I appreciate that it’s a hand-off that takes care of itself when I’m racing after a toddler, enjoying the sunshine that we’ve been blessed with or spending time with a good book. It’s a perfect eco-friendly solution to saving money and electricity.
Looking to save some money without doing anything? Check out the giveaway below!
One lucky Sacred Bee Blog reader will win the following:
- An EcoStrip Power Saving Device
Interested in entering the giveaway? Comment on this post and tell me: What job would you like to have taken care of without needing to do it? Example: Automatic light-switch that turns off when your kids leave the room.
Want additional entries? You must follow these directions and tell me about them via a comment on this post. Each of these options is available for one single entry per giveaway, not per day.
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Winners will be drawn on Monday, August 29th at 8:00pm PST.
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