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The iDevices Wall Outlet can smarten up your home and anything you plug into it with features like remote access and compatibility with Apple HomeKit™, Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. This is reason enough to replace normal outlets in your home with smart ones. But did you know you can also save money just by using the Wall Outlet?
Even while electronics like your cable box, TV and coffee maker are off, they're still drawing power. This is referred to as "phantom" or "vampire" energy. You might not realize it, but add up all the electronics you have in your home and this could be costing you a lot of money annually.
The iDevices Wall Outlet eliminates phantom energy for anything plugged into it. While the Wall Outlet does draw a small amount of energy because it's Wi-Fi enabled, it amounts to about $0.79 a year based on the average U.S. residential electric rate of $0.12 per kilowatt-hour. Meanwhile, a cable box with DVR can cost you about $50 a year, according to a study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. If you live in an area with higher electric rates, you're paying even more.
There are plenty of items throughout your home that are constantly drawing power, even while they're not in use. The Wall Outlet effectively cuts off power to these items, eliminating their phantom energy draw. This may cause certain electronics to reset, but you can bypass the hassle of waiting for your Apple TV to reboot by placing the Wall Outlet on a schedule. By the way, the phantom energy draw from an Apple TV could cost you around $18 a year based on the average U.S. electric rate mentioned above, according to an analysis conducted by the New York Times.
We're all guilty of leaving our laptop plugged in and charging overnight. As innocent as that may seem, over the course of the year it could cost you over $50 due to phantom energy. By plugging your charger into the Wall Outlet and setting a schedule, you can ensure you device is fully charged and you aren't unnecessarily draining energy.
The iDevices Switch and Outdoor Switch also eliminate phantom energy from anything plugged into them and draw the same amount of power as the Wall Outlet. If you're looking to smarten up your home and save money, iDevices has just what you need.