What is 'standby power'?
Standby power refers to the base level of power consumed by electronic appliances when they are waiting to be used. It is one of the ways in which we waste significant energy at the plug. Other electronic devices remain in active mode all the time while they are plugged in, i.e. no standby mode exists. Lastly, some electronic devices draw power even when they are turned off – this is commonly referred to as vampire power.
How does this energy waste affect me personally?
Most directly, it shows up on our electricity bill. The more we use, the more we pay, even though electricity use is currently invisible to us. With electricity rates rising each year and with more plugged-in devices entering into our homes, we pay more money each year on wasteful electronics. More indirectly, energy waste results in higher-than-necessary grid infrastructure demands as well as increased carbon emissions, which we can all do our part in reducing.
How much energy do plugged-in appliances use?
Plugged-in appliances make up a surprisingly high share of home and office energy use today: 40% of home, 26% of office on average. Depending on your specific situation, your use may be higher or lower, but plugged-in devices are the fastest-growing energy load in homes and offices, so it’s time to reduce this waste now!
How does the Zipato plug-in work?
The Zipato PLUG-IN device plugs directly into your existing wall outlet, and monitors and controls the energy consumption of your plugged-in devices. The plug-in wirelessly communicate with Zipabox in your home. Zipato’s servers allows you to view real-time energy consumption, set schedules for turning your devices off and on, and keep track of your savings!
How much energy can I save with the modlet?
The Zipato plug-in can save you approximately 10% off your electricity bill, with minimal effort. The actual amount depends on 1) the types of appliances you have, 2) how much the modlets are used and 3) how many plug-ins you have.
Can I use the Zipato plug-in in my home?
Yes! There are many opportunities to save money at home with the Zipato plug-in. Use the plug-in with your home entertainment center and plug in your television, cable box, DVD player, stereo or game console. Or use it with your home office and plug in a monitor, printer or other office electronics. It can even be used in the kitchen with small appliances or in a bedroom with a window air conditioner.