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Earth Smart is a multi-plug power board that turns off all connected standby power when the main device is switched off, while simultaneously protecting all devices connected to the power board in the event of power surges and spikes.


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Standby power now accounts for approximately 10 per cent of household energy consumption due to the rising usage of home entertainment and computer systems, says the board’s manufacturer Crest Electronics. Consumers are known to not switch products off at the wall nor are they aware of the levels of standby energy being consumed.

“The Earth Smart power board is perfect for those looking for an easy way to reduce their carbon footprint at home because it minimises the energy wasted on standby power consumed by devices normally left on,” Crest Electonics Managing Director Greg Randle said.  “The Earth Smart power board can cut standby power from a typical 20-60 Watts to as little as 0.4 Watts, depending on the number and type of connected devices.”

The unit is available in two designs – one to power IT hardware, in home offices and the other to power home entertainment systems. It works on the premise of a ‘master’ outlet socket to plug in key AV components such as a DVD recorder in home entertainment systems, or desktop computer in home offices, as well as four or five ‘slave’ sockets.

The master outlet socket determines the ‘on’ and ‘off’ power levels of the Earth Smart power board and ensures the slave components switch on or off accordingly, preventing the slave components from drawing standby power until the master device is turned back on.

The home office power board allows for one master and four peripheral slaves and offers modem and phone line protection. The home entertainment system power board allows for one master and five peripheral slaves and offers antenna protection.

RRP
$249.95

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