As seen on the New Inventors – People’s Choice Award Episode 12, 2007.
Standby power (sometimes known as phantom or parasitic loads) accounts for between 5 and 10% of energy used in Australia. This wastes that energy as well as costing you money. Help stamp out standby power by adding an EcoSwitch between your power point and your appliances.
The EcoSwitch consists of a lead that plugs into a powerpoint. Part way along it has a low profile power point socket and the lead continues to a handpiece with a rocker switch.
Operating the switch turns power on and off to the socket. By placing the switch in a convenient location you can control power to a device or group of devices (such as your entertainment system) without having to climb under desks or behind cabinets.
Unlike other units on the market, the EcoSwitch doesn’t use relays, just a big power switch, so there’s no ‘sticky contact’ problem we’ve seen with relay-based devices (where you turn the device off but it stays on because the relay contacts have welded themselves together).
The EcoSwitch also features a green light to remind you that the power is still on, and there’s even a space to label what each switch is for.
For dimensional information and ideas of where you can use your EcoSwitch refer to this document