Saturday, November 16, 2013

Power Device



This is our power saving device. They are given out and installed free and paid for by the (state?) government. I did not think one would be appropriate for us as I assumed you needed some access to the power point and ours is right behind the tv cabinet, only accessible by lifting the cabinet away from the wall.

There is a power board which plugs into the wall and the various components plug into it. This display is connected to it. There is one power socket that is a permanent connection and our digital tv recorder is plugged into that one. The tv and the rest are plugged into the other sockets and after the the tv is turned off with the remote control, the display begins counting down and after a minute or so, cuts the power to the tv. It connects the power back to the tv when this unit above detects a remote control signal. So you have to press the remote twice, once to wake the system up and then to turn the tv on. Even the air con remote wakes it up if it is pointed in that direction. I am quite impressed with it and the screen lights up with the prettiest of blue colours when it detects a remote control signal.

I wasn't here when they were installed one Friday. The following Monday I received a call on the intercom to inform me that the Building Manager was sending someone up to install the devices, as if it was compulsory. Of course they get paid for each unit installed, so it was in their interest to install as many as possible. I told him they had already installed them and he should not misrepresent that they are compulsory, and that the Building Manager would have not possibly done such a thing.

We have two, one for R's bedroom tv as well, so the power savings by not having tvs on standby should be immense and I reckon we will save nearly $5 per year, enough for a cup of coffee at the Echuca Moama Show

NB No scientific calculations were made to arrive at the figure of $5 but the savings won't be much.

15 comments:

  1. You could set up a power saving account and live off the proceeds in your dotage.

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  2. Victor, I am giving it good consideration and doing the sums.

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  3. All my power points except one are half way up the wall so it's easy to turn them off but the one on the bottom of the wall is behind some furniture so this would work with that one.
    Merle...............

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    1. It would work Merle. You can buy them at the shops quite cheaply and save yourself a few dollars each year.

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  4. Wow, five dollars a year! You'll be rich in no time, ha ha. I refused one when they were offered around these flats as I turn of the power board at night and the standby light on the TV goes out, so that is good enough for me. The DVD player is off unless I want to use it. Only the fridge and bedside clock are on 24/7 here.

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    1. Yep River, you have access to your power point and you are already saving mega dollars.

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  5. Wow ! what a useful and interesting installation ! You will become rich, saving 5 $ per year ! Drink a beer to my health with that money !

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    1. Gattina, there is a saying in the English speaking world, look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves. So far, that has not worked for me.

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    2. Aha. People who do not look after 5 cent pieces pile on the pounds. Now I know where I went wrong. TY

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  6. How long before the power savings offset the cost of the unit; the 'unit miles' it travelled to get to your apartment; and the carbon burned in its manufacture?? Or is that just a bit too cynical?!

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    1. Red, you are quite correct. It is apt as we rush off to install power saving light globes.

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    2. "Too cynical" is an oxymoron.

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  7. Where are you getting a cup of coffee for $5 :))

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    1. Grace, I can get excellent coffee for $3.

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