Turn off vampire gadgets with your smartphone

An orange circle means an idle device is sucking your power.

(Credit:
Valta)

If you’re cranking your AC to beat the heat, you probably don’t care too much about standby, or vampire, power. That’s the juice electronics suck when they’re off or in standby mode.
While it’s slight, it adds up to huge national figures. Household modems and routers in nearly 90 million U.S. homes, for instance, are estimated to eat up about $1 billion in electricity annually as they’re idling.
That’s why smart home appliances like Valta make sense. It’s a Canadian concept for an energy management system…

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