Now here’s a good idea. It’s called the EcoStrip and it’s your standard power strip for use with your computer that has a neat addition to it. It plugs into one of your PC’s USB ports so it can tell when you turn off your PC at which point it kills power to anything else plugged into the strip.
If your desk is like mine then you have at the least a set of powered speakers and one or more monitors plugged in that continue to draw power after you’ve shut off your PC. Standby modes don’t tend to eat a lot of power, but when you’ve got several of them and then you multiply that by all the other people who have them then those little bits of current add up pretty quickly. This little strip would help to eliminate at least some of that waste.
It’s not available in the U.S. yet, but it will be soon so keep an eye open for it. I plan on picking up three myself once they’re available.
Via Everything USB.