We don’t usually pay a lot of attention to the power strips buried under our desk in the cord spaghetti but maybe we should. Because an eco-friendly power strip like EcoStrip might just hold the secret to saving real money by harnessing the power of energy efficiency.
Sometimes we’re looking for green solutions that are flashy and involve radical changes. “What’s amazing about the EcoStrip is it’s a radical improvement of something we all use everyday and took for granted – until now,” said Marcos Cordero, co-founder and CEO of the Green Business Bureau.
EcoStrip works like a regular power strip most of the time, with several plugs for your computer and peripherals. When you turn of the computer though, the computer controlled power strip turns off power to the other devices connected to it. There’s not a big down side to turning off electronics that are not being used, and the upside is that with a small investment you’ll save a significant amount of money. The creators of the patented EcoStrip estimate that one of their energy-saving power strips can save up to $100 a year, and pay for itself with an ROI as short as 90 days. And if you have hundreds or even thousands of computers and peripherals, the opportunity for savings is that much greater.
EcoStrip is the kind of low-hanging fruit most green teams dream of, just plug it in and it goes. If only getting people to recycle was that easy.
Glenn Croston is the author of 75 Green Businesses and Starting Green, helping green businesses to get started and grow at Starting Up Green.