Power Strips & Surge Protectors
Power strips don’t just protect against electrical surges. They’re an effective tool for cutting your home’s vampire load or phantom load, electricity consumed by appliances when they’re not in use. For instance, if you plug your computer, printer, desk lamp, and other electric appliances in your work space into a surge protector, you can turn off all the appliances with one click. Since phantom loads can easily account for 15% to 20% of a typical household’s energy cost, that’s a valuable click.